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Wide-ranging class of six to be inducted into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Thursday will induct six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestow its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the event from 4 p.m....

UK College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...

Louisville’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair to combine with Bourbon & Beyond festival for 2020 event series

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair announced last week it is moving the five-day fantasy camp to September next year to become the opening act for the growing Bourbon & Beyond festival. Created in 2014 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the KBA features one-of-a-kind experiences at the state’s distilleries by day, followed by nightcap events that showcase Louisville’s “foodie” and cocktail...

State of the Judiciary: Justice Minton talks business courts, speeding processes, redistricting, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Improvements to Kentucky’s judiciary and a look toward the future were all part of the State of the Judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. “From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the...

Owensboro residents discuss meth at community forum; police say they’re losing battle with drug

The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a community forum to discuss it, Katie Pickens reports for the Owensboro Times. “This issue affects almost everyone in this community,” Commissioner Larry Conder told a crowd of more than 100 at the Sept. 10 forum. Methamphetamine is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, among other things. It is an extremely...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Belted Kingfisher is a sure sign of good fishing for stream anglers

The Belted Kinkfisher (Photo by Brian Kushner, Audubon Society) The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a good luck charm for anglers, most often observed along wooded streams. When you see one of these distinctive birds perched on a snag, or flying overhead, it’s a sure sign the fishing must be good. That’s because this water bird, easily identified by its slate blue and white plumage, and...

More than 7,000 acres of Breathitt County hunting access area withdrawn from public use

A privately held area in Breathitt County totaling more than 7,000 acres is no longer part of a public hunting access program administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Hunting access area agreements are the outgrowth of the department’s efforts to work with private landowners to open more acreage to the public. These agreements are not permanent and may be altered or...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times. “Farmers face all sorts of risks in the course of their work – machinery accidents, chemical exposure, unruly livestock, grain bin entrapment, severe weather, and many others,” Quarles said. “In Kentucky,...

Eastern Ky. communities to host Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week

“Outlaws, Moonshine, and a Country Song: Embracing Your Cultural Heritage” will be the theme of the Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week (Sept. 10-12), which will showcase the Eastern Kentucky communities of Beattyville, Paintsville, Pikeville and Salyersville. Local board members and program directors from across the state will explore tourist destinations, shopping, arts and...

Civil War Days weekend set for Oct. 11-13 at Columbus-Belmont State Park; admission is free

Civil War Days returns to the banks of the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park the weekend of Oct. 11-13. The 29th year of this weekend features battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free. This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday, featuring cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a soldier, camp cooking...

Coal miner in Hopkins County is fourth fatality this year in Kentucky mines; he is Jeremy Elder, 39

Kentucky now has had its fourth mining fatality so far this year with the death of a Hopkins County miner on Thursday. 
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 39-year-old Jeremy Elder of Providence, a miner helper with 15 years of experience, suffered critical injuries in a vehicle accident at the Alliance Resource Partners LP Cardinal mine in Madisonville.  He was brought to the surface...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to host annual ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ weekend on Sept. 28-29

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend on Sept. 28-29. Events will include a battle re-enactment on both days at 2 p.m. There will also be a “night battle” at dusk on Saturday. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the Revolutionary War. The settlers in the fort refused to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: News and observations as Kentucky’s white-tailed deer season set to begin

Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer opens tomorrow, with the beginning of archery hunting, a 136-day season that continues through Monday, January 20, 2020. Below are some news and observations about our most popular big game animal. • Deer numbers in the U.S. have grown since the 1930s when the population had dropped to an all-time low estimate of 300,000. • In the past...

Ellis Park wraps successful race meet with significant wagering, purse increases, sets sights on 2020

The end of Ellis Park’s 2019 race meet — which saw wagering increase 21 percent over 2018 and purses paid to horsemen go up 30 percent — conjures bigger visions for 2020. Ken Mimmack, manager of new owner Ellis Entertainment LLC, was mesmerized by the huge crowd that turned out Sunday for Kids Day. While Ellis Park doesn’t charge admission, making it impossible to know crowd size, he said,...

Salato Wildlife Education Center celebrates monarch butterfly’s annual migration south on Sept. 7

Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will celebrate the beginning of the monarch butterfly’s annual migration south. Participants can learn more about these valuable pollinators and receive expertise and advice on gardening for Kentucky’s native pollinators on Sept. 7 at the Salato Center. Special programs at the Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort will...

Secretary Alison Lundergan Grimes welcomes 197 new nationalized citizens at ceremony in Louisville

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday welcomed and congratulated new United States citizens at a naturalization ceremony at the Muhammad Ali Center. Grimes welcomed 197 new citizens from 47 countries and spoke to the new citizens and their families about the duties of civic engagement, voter participation, and commitment to improving Kentucky. “I am as honored and humbled to be...

UK equine field day to be held Sept. 5 at Weber’s Retired Horses in Princeton; event is free, open to public

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment’s Ag Equine Programs will host an equine field day from 3:30 until 8 p.m. (Central time) on Sept. 5 at Weber’s Retired Horses LLC, 1013 Dripping Springs Road in Princeton. The event is free and open to the public. “The Weber’s are an excellent example of the benefits of resource conservation...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The distinctive call of the Yellow-Billed Cuckoo foretells of summer storms

The Yellow-billed Cuckoo (Coccyzus americanus) is a weather forecaster, of sorts, in folklore. The secretive bird is heard, but seldom observed, calling from thick brush and woodlands during the summer. Its stuttering call: ka ka ka ka ka kow kow kow, kow-kowp, kowp, kowp, slows towards its end, and is audible at a great distance. The Yellow-Billed Cuckoo (Photo by Garth McElroy, courtesy of Audubon...

Design Studio Winchester is visionary collaboration; combines design, community development

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Design Studio Winchester, a collaboration between the University of Kentucky and the City of Winchester, seeks to address the question: Is a town made up of its artifacts or its citizens? The new studio, which combines design and community development in one space, respects the artifacts and empowers citizens. A place-based satellite studio where students...

UK agricultural economist offers grain marketing workshops to help young farmers navigate tight times

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Slim profit margins and limited working capital result in a particularly challenging economic environment for many grain producers to navigate. Being a new farmer can add an additional hurdle. A University of Kentucky agricultural economist is offering workshops to help young Kentucky farmers better navigate tight economic times. Todd Davis, an assistant professor...