A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

65 kids a day are abused, neglected in KY; officials urge safe sleep practices, caregiver caution

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News When it comes to keeping babies safe, three of the most important things are safe sleep practices, recognizing that bruising in non-mobile infants is not normal, and choosing an appropriate caregiver. So said members of the state’s Child Fatality and Near Fatality External Review Panel, who told legislators at a joint health committee meeting that three-fourths...

New census data shows rate of Kentucky’s children living in poverty has dropped, but more must be done

New data released recently by the U.S Census Bureau reveals that 22.4 percent of Kentucky children lived in poverty in 2017, a drop from the 2016 estimate of 25.0 percent. Child poverty in Kentucky has finally returned to a level not seen since before the Great Recession. “We must note the progress that has been made on reducing the rate of Kentucky children living in poverty, yet we can’t stop...

Annual battle re-enactment of ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ set for this weekend

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend this Saturday and Sunday. 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. A scene from the 1778 Siege of Boonesborough. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the...

Kentucky Arts Council traveling exhibit to highlight artwork by military veterans in November

Military veterans may have put down their rifles, but the Kentucky Arts Council is asking them to pick up their brushes, pencils and other art tools to participate in an exhibit that features and honors their service. The arts council seeks artwork from veterans and their spouses and children for The Kentucky Veteran Project Exhibit. The application deadline for the exhibit is Oct. 5. The exhibit will...

Report on homeschooling shows enrollment is up and increasing at a faster rate than in nation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT, Ky. (KT) – A report on homeschooling in Kentucky was the topic during a meeting of the General Assembly’s Education Assessment and Accountability Review Subcommittee Tuesday. Report author Deborah Nelson, presenting for the Office of Education Accountability, told the panel that enrollment in homeschooling is increasing across the nation and at a faster rate...

Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives sponsor veterans for Honor Flight September 22

Sixty-nine Kentucky war veterans are traveling from Lexington to Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22 as part of this year’s Honor Flight. Veterans from World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War are set to participate in a one-day tour of memorials that are dedicated to their service and sacrifices. Kentucky’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives are paying all the expenses to send 34 veterans and their...

KHC’s Edwin King to join Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Advisory Council

Edwin King, executive director of Kentucky Housing Corporation, has been selected to serve on the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland’s Community Advisory Council. The Community Advisory Council (CAC) is responsible for research, analysis, and engagement on economic issues facing underserved and lower-income individuals and communities across the federal Fourth District, comprising of Eastern Kentucky,...

Central Kentucky computer users targeted by phone scammers to steal money, personal information

Central Kentucky computer users are being targeted by a phone scam claiming that they are owed “refunds” by well-known computer technical support companies. The calls are really from scammers trying to steal money and personal information. A Fleming County woman tells Better Business Bureau serving Central & Eastern Kentucky that she received a phone call saying she was being billed $499...

Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day on Oct. 9 highlights Clifton Taylor family farm in Gravel Switch

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The Clifton Taylor family tree farm in Gravel Switch will be the site of the Tree Farmer of the Year Field Day on Oct. 9. The Kentucky Forest Industries Association selected Taylor as the 2017 Kentucky Tree Farmer of the Year. The honor recognizes his extensive stewardship work. The free field day is presented in conjunction with the University of Kentucky...

UK’s Mountain Fest celebrates mountain life in its many colors, ushers in autumn Sept. 18-22

The University of Kentucky Robinson Center for Appalachian Resource Sustainability ushers in autumn and celebrates mountain life with Mountain Fest, which is set for Sept. 18-22 in Quicksand. “We’ll celebrate the rich, natural and cultural life of the mountains,” said David Williams, the center’s director. “There’s something for every age group and every interest. We are proud to show off...

With Farm Safety and Health Week in September, Quarles urges farmers, motorists to take extra care

Farmers put their health, and even their lives, on the line to provide the food and fiber we all depend on, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said in proclaiming the week of Sept. 16-22 as Farm Safety and Health Week. “Farmers encounter many hazards in their work from machinery, livestock, chemicals, extreme weather, and other factors,” Quarles said. “A death or injury on the farm is a tragedy...

UK’s Fragipan Field Day on Oct. 3 to highlight research breakthrough in crop production

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky soil scientists will host a Fragipan Field Day to present a significant research breakthrough in crop production. The field day is from 8 a.m. until noon CDT Oct. 3 at the UK Research and Education Center’s Farm in Princeton. Soil fragipans, like the one pictured here, reduce crop yields. UK soil scientists have found that annual ryegrass...

Katie Bouchard serving as Miss Kentucky 2018; will act as spokesperson for Kentucky Proud

Miss Kentucky 2018 Katie Bouchard is heading to the Miss America competition with a new job title. Through a decades-long partnership between the Kentucky Department of Agriculture and the Miss Kentucky Organization, Bouchard will serve as the official spokesperson for Kentucky Proud. Miss Kentucky 2018 Katie Bouchard and Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles show off the grand champion country ham...

Kentucky bourbon continues to boom as September is officially declared ‘Bourbon Heritage Month’

On the heels of the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center opening in Louisville, Gov. Matt Bevin praised Kentucky’s signature Bourbon industry for its continued growth by declaring September as “Bourbon Heritage Month” in the Commonwealth. Click to enlarge “The roots of Kentucky’s Bourbon industry run deep, and we are pleased to recognize the contributions of this economic engine during...

UK researchers make important discovery in plant disease resistance; could help crops

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky plant pathology researchers have uncovered the function and placement of another component in a pathway that triggers plant disease resistance. Their finding brings them one step closer to understanding this pathway that allows plants to fend off secondary infections. This knowledge will allow scientists to help plants simultaneously defend...

Longtime Northern Kentucky legislator Art Schmidt dies at age 91; services set for Friday in Cold Spring

Arthur (Art) L. Schmidt, a Northern Kentucky legend for his service to the legislature and the community, died Sunday. He was 91. Art Schmidt and his signature smile. Schmidt was born May 1, 1927, in Cold Spring to Joseph and Elizabeth Schmidt who preceded him in death. He served 18 years in the Kentucky House of Representatives, representing the 69th District, where he rose to the position of Minority...

Increased awareness, homeowner engagement are goals of UK’s Backyard Streams online program

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky While backyard streams can contribute to a scenic domestic retreat, they can also cause homeowners to have questions and even some concerns, such as flooding, erosion and trash deposits from upstream. Backyard Streams, a new program and online course from the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, will help homeowners with backyard streams appreciate...

Family-friendly activities part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 22

Family-friendly activities that include crafts, ancient food traditions and games will be part of Archaeology Day at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site on Sept. 22. The day — part of Kentucky Archaeology Month — will feature demonstrations and hands-on educational activities about archaeology for the whole family from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Activities include a mock excavation for kids, artifact...

Educational blog, family-friendly activities to mark September as Kentucky Archaeology Month

September is Kentucky Archaeology Month, a time dedicated to educating the public about what professional archaeologists do, what the practice of archaeology entails, and what archaeology can tell us about the history of our state and the people who lived here before us. For the third year, the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC) will post a blog, “30 Days of Kentucky...

Kentucky Arts Council, Waveland State Historic Site partner to bring folk, traditional artists to Lexington

The Kentucky Arts Council will partner with Waveland State Historic Site in September, bringing folk and traditional artists to the Waveland Art Fair in Lexington. The annual fair, Sept. 8-9 at the Waveland Museum located at 225 Waveland Museum Lane in Lexington, features several Kentucky makers of art and craft. The arts council will add to that programming with an area for folk artists to demonstrate...