A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Conservation officers assist Lee County Sheriff in vehicle pursuit involving gunfire; suspect arrested

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources conservation officers assisted a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy late Friday in a vehicle pursuit that included gunfire.   About 10:30 p.m. Friday, two Kentucky Fish and Wildlife conservation officers were nearby investigating a separate case when they responded to assist a Lee County Sheriff’s deputy.   According to Kentucky State Police, the initial...

National Adoption Month: Focus is on adoption of the 9,800 KY children who need permanent, loving homes

By Tina Agonva Kentucky Youth Advocates Every child needs a family. We know that children succeed when they are with caring adults who can help guide them as they grow. The Commonwealth has over 9,800 children living with foster families or in group homes as a result of abuse, neglect, or dependency. The goal in Kentucky is to reunify children in foster care with their parents, and, when that cannot...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The wood duck ranks third among waterfowl harvested across the state

Editor’s Note: This is the third in a series of articles about the ducks most often taken by hunters in Kentucky during waterfowl season. The wood duck (Aix sponsa) is Kentucky’s homegrown duck, nesting throughout the state in trees along creeks, rivers, and wetlands, and in reservoirs where flooded timber is present. Last season hunters in Kentucky bagged 9,721 “woodies,” ranked third...

West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area to host 78th National Retriever Championship

Each year since 1941, the best retrieving dogs in the country compete for the title of national champion. The National Retriever Championship is the Super Bowl of the competitive retrieving world, and it is being held in Kentucky for the first time this year. The event starts Saturday at the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources’ West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area outside Paducah....

National Weather Service reports three tornadoes touch down in central, southern Kentucky

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The National Weather Service in Louisville has confirmed three tornadoes touched down Monday night in central and southern Kentucky. 
The strongest was shortly before 11 p.m. CST in Adair County, an EF-1, based on the scale that ranks tornadoes from EF-0 (weak) to EF-5 (catastrophic), with top winds estimated between 100 and 105 miles per hour.    Damage in Adair County...

Prominent animal welfare strategist Dr. Sara Pizano committed to making a difference in county shelters

On Oct. 1, the Joanie Bernard Foundation began work on a needs assessment, facilitated by nationally known animal welfare strategist and veterinarian Dr. Sara Pizano. Pizano spent much of October acquiring data and statistics for the Bluegrass. She made her first visit to the area the week of Oct. 22, when she toured several shelters in the area and met with officials and staff in each of the counties,...

Quarles declares Nov. 10-17 as statewide ‘Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry’ Week

As Kentucky sportsmen and women head out for deer hunting season starting Nov. 10, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles is encouraging them to consider donating their harvest to a charitable feeding agency as part of the second annual “Kentucky Hunters for the Hungry” Week in Kentucky Nov. 10-17. “It is an unfortunate reality that one in six Kentuckians is food insecure,” said...

Nine new artists juried into Kentucky Art’s Council’s Kentucky Crafted arts marketing program

Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington built a career as a performer and teacher of classical Indian dancing, but in February 2017 she added another layer to her artistry when she started painting. “Vibrations” by Lakshmi Sriraman of Lexington, one of nine artists recently juried into the Kentucky Arts Council’s Kentucky Crafted program. (Image from Kentucky Arts Council) Sriraman split her time between...

UK Cooperative Extension Service program teaches kids about cooking, nutrition and so much more

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky In today’s fast-paced world, many families find themselves in line at a fast-food restaurant more often than gathered around the dinner table. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program in Owen County is trying to change that. Recipes for Life encourages family mealtime and better nutrition by teaching fifth-graders how to prepare, serve and...

USDA announces grants for education, workforce training, health care opportunities in rural Kentucky

Hilda Legg, USDA Rural Development State Director, has announced that USDA Rural Development is awarding grants for three projects to increase access to job training, educational and health care services in rural Kentucky. “This critically important education and telemedicine technology enables our grantees to reach more individuals in need, in a more timely and cost-effective way,” Legg said....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: For deer hunters across Kentucky ‘It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year’

The lyrics are from a Christmas song made famous by Andy Williams in 1963. But, for Kentucky deer hunters, November is “the most wonderful time of the year.” When the calendar flips, the interaction between does and bucks begins to heat up as the days get shorter, and the nights cooler. The timing of the rut, the white-tailed deer’s annual mating season, is the question every deer hunter wants...

Kentucky Artisan Center to offer ‘A Brush of Color’ with painting demonstrations throughout November

Botanical paintings, mixed media watercolors, alcohol ink abstractions, and traditional German painted boxes highlight the Kentucky Artisan Center’s A Brush of Color painting demonstrations on Saturdays this November. Featuring a wide array of painting styles and techniques from Kentucky artists, visitors will receive a first-hand look at creative imagery that is precise, abstract and traditional. A...

Kentucky Book Fair anchors week-long literary festival; more than 180 authors highlight iconic event

Kentucky Humanities will present the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington. Once held as a two-day event in Frankfort, the Kentucky Book Fair has found a new home in Lexington and expanded to a week-long festival (Nov. 12-17) with literary events for readers of all ages. The Kentucky Book Festival gives readers...

Kentucky craft brewers set to release unique beers with Kentucky Proud products on Friday

If you are a fan of unique local craft beers and delicious Kentucky Proud products, the Kentucky Guild of Brewers and the Kentucky Department of Agriculture have a treat for you. On Friday, 16 Kentucky craft breweries will release beers made with Kentucky Proud products. The first 100 customers at each participating brewery will receive a custom poster and glass at no charge. “These one-of-a-kind...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Gadwall ranks second in Kentucky duck harvest, third in Mississippi flyway

Editor’s Note: This is the second in a series of articles about the ducks most often taken by hunters in Kentucky during waterfowl season. The gadwall (Anas strepera) ranks second in duck harvest in Kentucky, and third throughout the 14 states of the Mississippi Flyway. Last waterfowl season hunters in Kentucky hunters bagged 16,942 gadwall ducks. (Photo courtesy of the Audubon Society) Last...

Bravo’s Top Chef kicks off season 16 December 6 with two weeks of premiers in the Bluegrass State

Bravo’s “Top Chef” heads to the state of Kentucky for season 16, kicking off with two weeks of supersized premieres beginning Thursday, December 6 at 9:00 p.m. This season, 15 new talented chefs from cities big and small across the U.S. will compete for the sought-after title amid the unique culinary scenes in Louisville, Lexington and Lake Cumberland, before heading abroad for an epic finale...

Officials announce the replacement of vehicular access bridge at Natural Bridge State Resort Park

Officials announced this week an important bridge for motorists will be replaced at Natural Bridge State Resort Park. The project — a joint effort between the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet — will allow for safer and more direct access to the park’s cottages, Woodland Center, swimming pool and Hoedown Island, a public area used for square dancing and...

Supreme Court highlights need for attorney volunteers, declares Oct. 21-27 Ky. Pro Bono Week

The Supreme Court wants to thank Kentucky attorneys who donate their time and expertise by proclaiming Oct. 21-27 as Kentucky Pro Bono Week. “One of the hallmarks of legal professionalism is a commitment to public service,” said Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. “Although Kentucky doesn’t have a pro bono requirement, Rule 6.1 of the Rules of Professional Conduct encourages all lawyers...

All Kentucky State Park resort parks open on weekends through winter months in 2018-19

All Kentucky State Park resort parks will be open on weekends through the winter months in 2018-19, Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland announced. Natural Bridge State Resort Park and Jenny Wiley State Resort Park will be open seven days a week; the other 15 resort parks will have different schedules, with many of them closed on Mondays and Tuesdays. Restaurant schedules will also be based on the resort...