A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Nucor Corp. plans $650m, 70-job expansion at its Gallatin County plant, to increase capacity

Gov. Matt Bevin announced that Nucor Corp. plans a $650 million, 70-job expansion at its mill near Ghent, Nucor Steel Gallatin, and thanked the company for its ongoing commitment to the Commonwealth. “Nucor is doing incredible things at its Kentucky steel mill. We are excited that, after a substantial investment in 2017, the company has decided to move forward with its phase II project and create...

Calling all entrepreneurs: State wants to help you compete for federal research, development funds

The Cabinet for Economic Development will receive $125,000 from the U.S. Small Business Administration to launch a program preparing more entrepreneurs to compete for federal research and development funding. The SBA’s Federal and State Technology (FAST) partnership program funds initiatives that increase the number of proposals for Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) and Small Business Technology...

Baptist Health names Elizabethtown physician Jody Prather as first chief strategy officer

An Elizabethtown physician who previously served as Baptist Health’s first chief medical officer is returning as chief strategy officer. Jody Prather, MD, who will begin work Sept. 17, is currently chief strategy officer and vice president, population health, for Hardin Memorial Health (HMH) in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. In addition, he is chief medical officer for the HMH Medical Group with more than...

Keven Moore: At the office alone at night, women need to be alert for potential workplace violence

All of us are very aware of the risks that workplace violence plays in our society these days. Incidents of such crimes stream across our televisions and smart phones more frequently than ever before. And that trend doesn’t appear to be slowing down. When people hear or speak of workplace violence, most of us visualize an active shooter scenario, but it can come in variety of forms, especially for...

Kentucky home sales inch up for the second time in 2018; days on market reach lowest on record

Kentucky home sales rose in July for only the second time this year, reaching 5,072 transactions, a 1.4 percent increase over the 5,000 sold in July 2017. For the year, home sales are trailing 2017 by almost 2 percent, with 30,354 transactions through the first seven months of the year (30,950 sales were recorded in the same period for 2017). Click to enlarge Nationally, home sales have fallen for...

BBB Trends: Don’t cash that check! Fake check schemes are on the rise — be cautious

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau People are writing fewer checks in this era of electronic financial transactions. Despite this, fake check scams are on the rise. Fake checks are used in a variety of frauds, from employment scams to prize and sweepstakes fraud. In all reported cases of check fraud, victims deposit the check and send money back to scammers. Complaints to regulatory agencies...

SKAPS Industries plans $5 million expansion to newly acquired Henderson County production facility

SKAPS Industries, a producer of rolled fiberglass products, announced last week it will invest $5 million and create 20 full-time jobs at its recently acquired Henderson operation, formerly Matrix Composites Inc. The project includes upgrading the facility at 5549 State Route 425 and the purchase of additional manufacturing equipment. The investment will give SKAPS more production capacity, facilitating...

Hart County-based Sister Schubert’s announces $50 million expansion to manufacturing operation

Sister Schubert’s Homemade Rolls Inc., a major producer of frozen dinner rolls, has announced a $50 million phase I expansion of its manufacturing operation in Hart County expected to create 72 full-time jobs. “We are very pleased to expand our operations in Hart County,” said Steve Blackburn, director of operations at the Sister Schubert facility in Horse Cave. “The workforce and community...

Kentucky’s economy remains strong, but report shows stagnant, inadequate pay in many areas

While Kentucky’s economy as a whole has been in a period of recovery ever since 2010, jobs continue to be lacking in many parts of the state and wages remain stagnant and inadequate to make ends meet, according to a new report released this week by the Kentucky Center for Economic Policy (KCEP). KCEP’s Labor Day publication, “The State of Working Kentucky 2018,” looks at the condition of the...

Keven Moore: We all scream for the ice cream truck, but safety of our kids has to come first

Growing up in the 70’s was so different than it is today — we only had three channels and one educational channel to watch on our single television and had no PlayStations or X Box games, computers, laptops, tablets or even smartphones. Some of us didn’t have central air and were lucky if we had a single window air condition unit. If we wanted to be entertained we had to jump on our bikes...

Ouita Michel expands farm-to-table brand to include special occaisions with Holly Hill Events division

Chef and restaurateur Ouita Michel is expanding her brand of hospitality to include private catering for special occasions and corporate functions with her new Holly Hill Events division. Michel has partnered with Fasig-Tipton, the historic thoroughbred venue on Newtown Pike in Lexington, as the exclusive caterer, which together offers clients an iconic Bluegrass backdrop and exceptional cuisine and...

City officials join MetroNet to celebrate activation of company’s fiber optic network in Lexington

MetroNet today celebrated the official activation of its 100% fiber optic internet, TV and phone services in the City of Lexington at a grand opening ceremony at the company’s new retail location on West Tiverton Way. John Cinelli, the company’s president, was joined by Lexington Mayor Jim Gray and members of the MetroNet executive team as they cut the ceremonial ribbon to officially activate the...

University of Louisville to host career development event September 15 at Horn Auditorium

The Louisville Professional Chapter of the National Association of Women MBAs (NAWMBA) and the University of Louisville’s Association of Women MBAs will host Cara Silletto, President and Chief Retention Office of Crescendo Strategies, as well as Shelly Trent, SPHR, SHRM-SPC and Rebecca Naser, attorney with Reed Weitkamp Schell and Vice PLLC, as guest speakers on Saturday, September 15th at 9:00 a.m....

Coneys in Wildcat country — Skyline Chili opens first Lexington location at 2850 Richmond Road

Skyline Chili officially opened its first Lexington location on Monday at 2850 Richmond Road, just outside Lexington’s 4 Circle Loop. Prior to the new store opening, Lexington Skyline fans had to drive either an hour north or an hour west to enjoy the chain’s famous Coneys and Ways. “As a long-time Skyline franchisee, we are excited to bring this beloved restaurant to the Lexington area,”...

EKU faculty member elected vice president of International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors

Dr. Deborah T. Givens, chair of the Department of Communication at Eastern Kentucky University, was elected vice president of the International Society of Weekly Newspaper Editors at the organization’s conference July 11-15 at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. Attendees came from England, Canada, Australia, China, Nepal and the U.S. In addition to programming about issues impacting the...

KCTCS sustainability, conservation efforts project $66 million in energy savings over ten years

Sustainability and conservation are on everyone’s minds, especially in the middle of summer when HVAC systems traditionally are working hard. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has set its sights on ways to conserve and save money, not just during the summer, but long term. KCTCS is realizing big savings on energy costs because of energy savings performance contracts and...

Keven Moore: Southwest Airlines no longer serving peanuts — and many allergy sufferers are grateful

As of the first of this month, Southwest Airlines stopped serving peanuts on all flights, abandoning the snack that has been nearly synonymous with the carrier since its inception back in 1967. The Dallas-based airline says it’s making the change “to help protect passengers who have severe peanut allergies.” Peanuts have always been the one snack perhaps most linked to the all-airline services....

Rural Blog: Appalachia hit twice by coal declines; fewer jobs, ‘crippling’ bills for more expensive power

“As coal mining has collapsed across Appalachia, residents in Eastern Kentucky and West Virginia have been socked with a double whammy—crippling electric bills to go along with a declining economy,” James Bruggers reports for Inside Climate News. (KyForward file photo) American Electric Power subsidiaries Wheeling Power and Appalachian Power requested permission from the West Virginia...

BBB Trends: Nanny job may sound too good to be true; scammers could be trying to get your money

By Sandra Guile Better Business Bureau The school year has begun and for many families, it may be necessary to find a babysitter or nanny to ease the pressure of a hectic schedule. If you’re in the market for such a job, be wary of the posting descriptions that sound promising. The posting may read as a family seeking a nanny offering a great salary with wonderful working conditions. For example,...

Lexington Art League announces hiring of Matt Collinsworth as interim executive director

The Lexington Art League Board of Directors announces the hiring of a new interim executive director, Matt Collinsworth. His hiring is a key component of the Lexington Art League’s budgetary and strategic planning processes, which will include input from key stakeholders across the community and conclude in March 2019. Collinsworth is a familiar figure to many artists and art collectors in Lexington,...