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Woodford Reserve launches Baccarat Edition; marries world’s finest bourbon, world’s finest crystal

Woodford Reserve has announced the ultimate expression of American Whiskey — Woodford Reserve Baccarat Edition, which marries the world’s finest bourbon with the world’s finest crystal. The exclusive whiskey is Woodford Reserve Bourbon that has been aged an additional three years in XO cognac casks from France. It is bottled in a handmade crystal decanter that took five days to create in Baccarat,...

Kentucky Realtors report tightening mortgage standards discouraging potential buyers

Twenty-nine percent of Kentucky Realtors reported that tightening mortgage standards were discouraging their buyers, according to the September 2020 edition of the HousingIQ Survey of Kentucky Realtors. Twenty-eight percent of the 204 Realtors across Kentucky expect an increase in the number of price reductions. “House price appreciation has outstripped the benefit of record-low mortgage rates,”...

Kentucky Proud sponsors women’s business conference; virtual event set for Oct. 6, 13, and 20

As part of its ongoing effort to support international trade, the Kentucky Department of Agriculture is sponsoring the World Trade Center of Kentucky’s (WTC-KY) eleVate Women’s Breaking Barriers Conference, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “Women make up about 35 percent of Kentucky’s agricultural producers according to the latest agricultural census conducted by the...

Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives name Deanna Herrmann 2020 Executive of the Year

The Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Executives (KCCE) announced the 2020 KCCE Annual Excellence Awards on Thursday. These awards pay tribute to local chambers of commerce in areas of operational excellence that include membership growth and retention, website, social media, special publication and newsletter communications, and special events. This year two additional awards were added: excellence in...

Keven Moore: Boating hazards include carbon monoxide poisoning, which recently caused tragedy

Last week as I was skimming through social media, I stumbled across a news article from Hill Country Community Journal dated Sept. 15 on a very tragic and unimaginable situation in which a 9-year-old boy lost his life while water skiing with his family. As it turns out, Andrew Brady (Free) died on June 6, and his mother, Cassandra Free, opted to share the results of her son’s autopsy to prevent any...

Laurel Grocery Company CEO Winston Griffin elected chairman of Kentucky Chamber of Commerce

Winston Griffin, CEO and chairman of Laurel Grocery Company, has been elected to serve as chairman of the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce for the 2021 term. Griffin succeeds Nick Rowe, president of Kentucky American Water and senior vice president southeast division of American Water, whose term expires Sept. 30. Griffin began his career in 1997 at Laurel Grocery Company, a family-owned grocery wholesaler...

Quarles urges Kentucky farmers to apply for federal coronavirus relief funds; portal closes Dec. 11

Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles is encouraging Kentucky farm families facing market disruptions and associated costs because of the coronavirus pandemic to sign up for the second round of the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP), which opened on Sept. 21 and will run through Dec. 11. “Through the passage of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s CARES Act, the U.S. Department...

TOBA names top winners of 2020 during Saturday’s virtual 35th annual National Awards presentation

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association’s 35th Annual National Awards presentation was held virtually at Hill ‘n’ Dale at Xalapa in Paris on Saturday. Gary Barber was named TOBA’s National Owner of the Year and William S. Farish was named the National Breeder of the Year. Larry Karp of Barlar LLC was named National Small Breeder of the Year and Beyond the Waves was honored with the...

Overhyped hemp? Amid major price drop, and a big bankruptcy, Kentucky hemp farmers feel burned

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource John Fuller is waiting for another farmer he’s never met before to talk about a situation he never imagined he would be in. It’s an overcast January day on his farm in west Kentucky, where he grew 18 acres of hemp last year, investing more than $250,000 of his own cash. He’s one of nearly 1,000 licensed hemp growers in 2019 who helped grow Kentucky’s biggest...

Keeneland wraps 12-day September Yearling Sale; 15 yearlings bring $1 million or more

Keeneland’s September Yearling Sale ended Friday with solid results generated by competitive trade throughout the 12-day auction and the sale of 15 yearlings for $1 million or more. The 2020 sale, held with extensive COVID-19 protocols to create the safest environment possible for participants, was led by a $2 million colt by leading sire Tapit. “The September Sale can be measured as a success...

AAA: Would your child’s safety seat pass inspection? Parents urged to review Kentucky car seat law

Every day in America, there are children riding in car seats that have been installed incorrectly, or riding in the wrong car seats for their ages and sizes. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), child restraint systems are often used incorrectly. An estimated 59 percent of car seats and 20 percent of booster seats are misused...

Toyota employee Janet Bays earns national recognition with Women in Supply Chain award

Supply & Demand Chain Executive, a national magazine covering the global supply chain industry, is celebrating its 20th anniversary with the introduction of a new award designed specifically for women leaders in the supply chain industry. Among the recipients is Janet Bays, a senior manager in Information Technology at Toyota Tsusho America, Inc., (TAI). Bays, of Georgetown, was one of the company’s...

Keven Moore: COVID-19 lawsuits spreading in American court system like an unchecked virus

The coronavirus pandemic will radically change many things about American life by the time it has run its course. But one thing is for sure, and that is it will not change our reliance on the court system to resolve disputes. Like with any new exposure, the COVID-19 pandemic has produced a tsunami of litigation across the country that has spread like an unchecked virus growing across the continent....

UK agricultural economist says fall calf market depends on corn, wheat and a few unknowns

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Cattle prices have been on a roller coaster ride in 2020 thanks in part to COVID-19. While there are still a few unknowns, University of Kentucky agricultural economist Kenny Burdine sees potential for a stronger fall calf market than we saw in fall 2019. In the spring, the pandemic created a bottleneck in the processing industry that Burdine said led to a decrease...

Keeneland, majority owners of Kentucky Downs plan for new racing facilities in Southeastern Kentucky

Keeneland and the majority owners of Kentucky Downs announced Monday their filing of an application for a racing license and proposed construction of a state-of-the-art racing facility and related track extension in Kentucky to be located in Corbin and Williamsburg, respectively. The proposed facilities will feature live Standardbred racing and historical racing machines for guests from Kentucky and...

Leadership Louisville Center’s virtual 100 Wise Women event to feature Judge Erica Lee Williams

Leadership Louisville Center and Today’s Woman magazine host 100 Wise Women events to bring successful women leaders – Wise Women – together with emerging women leaders to share perspectives on themes presented by distinguished keynote speakers. Judge Erica Lee Williams The 100 Wise Women event October 29 will feature a woman who has dedicated her life to justice, Judge Erica Lee Williams. She...

Gov. Beshear appoints Mary Harville as president and CEO of Kentucky Lottery Corporation

Gov. Andy Beshear has appointed Mary Harville as president and CEO of the Kentucky Lottery Corporation. Harville was confirmed by the lottery’s board of directors at a special meeting Thursday. Mary Harville Since 2004, Harville has served as senior vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary for the Lottery. She joined the organization 16 years ago after leaving the Louisville law firm...

Kentucky Downs enjoys another record-breaking meet with total betting at $59,828,444 on 62 races

By Jennie Rees and Dick Downey Kentucky Downs Even before Saffie Joseph won Wednesday’s eighth race with Sugar Fix on closing day of the RUNHAPPY Meet at Kentucky Downs, the trainer’s thoughts had turned to next year. “First meet here. I love it,” said Joseph, one of America’s fast-rising trainers who this summer expanded his East Coast base to include Kentucky. “It’s a cool setting,...

Strong market continues at Keeneland as Into Mischief colt bring $1 million to top fourth session

Keeneland’s fourth session of the September Yearling Sale on Thursday recorded active commerce among a number of the industry’s major buyers and featured the sale of an Into Mischief colt to Peter Leidel for $1 million. Keeneland sold 195 yearlings during today’s session for $34,507,000, for an average of $193,554 and a median of $160,000. Cumulatively, 589 horses have grossed $160,583,000, for...

Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association to honor state breeders during National Awards event

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced that they will honor breeders selected from 22 states and Canada during the TOBA National Awards on Sept. 26. “The 23 breeders from the U.S. and Canada enjoyed a tremendous year in 2019 from their homebred runners and we are honored to recognize their outstanding achievements and contributions to our sport at the TOBA National Awards,”...