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Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Find the thermocline for productive bass fishing during dog days of summer

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The constant heavy rain systems that plagued Kentucky all spring and early summer finally abated over the past few weeks. For the first time in two years, the brown, withered grass of late summer is a common sight in Kentucky. Usually, cracked ground and crunchy grass signal potential drought and bring angst. However, after record rainfall last year and extremely...

Pew Trusts: Exchange programs helping Kentuckians embrace new areas, think beyond urban vs. rural

The Rural-Urban Exchange steering committee at the University of Minnesota, Morris, in 2017. RUX brings together Kentuckians interested in getting to know different areas of the state while developing their professional and leadership skills. Participants build connections across cultural, racial, economic and geographic divides. (Courtesy of Gerry Seavo James, via Pew Trusts) By April Simpson Pew...

Experience frontier living during Carter Caves State Resort Park’s 28th annual Pioneer Life Week

Find out about frontier life in Kentucky by visiting Carter Caves State Resort Park for the 28th Annual Pioneer Life Week July 22-29. This event focuses on life in Kentucky in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitors can enjoy a step back in time in the Pioneer Encampment near the Carter Caves campground registration building. A display during Pioneer Life Week at Carter Caves. See re-enactors...

UK agricultural meteorologist warns of livestock heat dangers across Kentucky through the weekend

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky It’s already hot outside, but University of Kentucky agricultural meteorologist Matthew Dixon said it’s about to get even hotter over the weekend, and livestock producers and horse owners need to do what they can to minimize animal stress. “Much of the state is under an excessive heat warning through Sunday evening,” Dixon said. “We expect highs to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ky’s fourth species of Black Bass a mystery limited to Cumberland headwaters

Anglers across Kentucky are intimately familiar with the largemouth, smallmouth and spotted (Kentucky) bass. These three black bass species are found in most of the streams and reservoirs in the state’s nine major river systems — the Tennessee, Cumberland, Tradewater, Green, Salt, Kentucky, Licking, Little Sandy and Big Sandy. But the state’s fourth species of black bass is something of...

Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

Glasgow community garden provides fresh produce for those in need — with wide range of volunteers

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A community garden in a south central Kentucky town provides access to fresh produce for low-income residents. The G-town Soul Swales garden in Glasgow is a project of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service, whose agents help plant, harvest and maintain the garden with a wide assortment of community volunteers. LaToya Drake, Barren County family...

USDA to require most cattle to have electronic ear tags; switch to strengthen animal traceability system

The Federal Government will require most Kentucky cattle to bear a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag in the next few years, the Kentucky Office of the State Veterinarian has announced. “By 2023, only RFID tags will be considered official identification,” State Veterinarian Robert C. Stout said. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture is requiring the RFID tags and phasing out metal tags to...

Social responsibility impact report highlights KDA’s efforts to craft better drinking culture

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association released its first-ever social responsibility impact report that outlines the group’s significant progress since boosting its leadership and commitment to this top industry priority two years ago. The report, titled “Crafting A Better Drinking Culture,” reflects on the progress made with key stakeholders towards the industry’s data-driven efforts to reduce...

Cumberland Forest Project acquires nearly 400 square miles of forest land in Central Appalachians

The Nature Conservancy (TNC) announced Monday that the TNC-managed Cumberland Forest Project has acquired 253,000 acres of working forest land in the Central Appalachian coalfields of Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. The project represents one of the largest and most innovative land conservation and ecological restoration efforts ever pursued by TNC in the eastern United States, as it uses private...

Clyde Middleton, 91, former state Senator and Kenton Judge-Executive, dies after long illness

Staff report Clyde W. Middleton, 91, long-time Northern Kentucky political leader and public servant, died July 12 at Rosedale Green in Covington, after a long illness. He was battling cancer and had been moved to hospice a few days before his death. Middleton was a Kentucky State Senator from 1967-1986 and served as Kenton County Judge-Executive from 1990 to 1998. Clyde Middleton He and his wife,...

Sale of the Florence Freedom baseball team is pending; new owners to keep team in NKY

KyForward staff A sale of the Florence Freedom independent professional baseball team is pending but a statement from the prospective new owners indicates the team will remain in Northern Kentucky.  There are not a lot of details regarding the sale, but Freedom Baseball Club LLC, the group that plans to purchase the team has released this statement: “Freedom Baseball Club, LLC is in the process...

Venture Connectors Aug. 7 luncheon to feature financial technology startup success story in Carla Dearing

The Venture Connectors monthly luncheon on Aug. 7 will feature Carla Dearing, who is the founding CEO of Sum180 and head of product for FlexWage Solutions LLC. Venture Connectors luncheons are held at the Muhammad Ali Center, 144 N. Sixth St., in Louisville on the first Wednesday of the month. Doors open at 11:45 a.m., and the meeting runs from noon-1 p.m. Networking takes place after the lunch. Dearing...

BLINK announces plans for NKY, include concert with national headliner, striking illuminations, much more

KyForward staff The organizers of BLINK, Illuminated by ArtsWave, Thursday announced additional entertainment and display components focused on Northern Kentucky’s participation in the event. The alternative rock band Grouplove will play a free concert the night of Saturday, October 12 in Covington’s RiverCenter parking lot. Opening act will be announced at a later date for the concert, which is...

UK’s Western Kentucky summer forage tour to feature Ohio County farm revitalization in progress

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Participants who attend the University of Kentucky’s summer forage tour will see a farm revitalization in progress in Ohio County. The event is from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the D and D Farm in Horse Branch. Farm owners Bub and Lakayah Daugherty purchased the cattle operation in 2013 but quickly ran into productivity issues with unreliable sources for forages...

11th annual Jane Austen Festival to be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville

The 11th annual Jane Austen Festival will be held this weekend (July 12-14) at Locust Grove in Louisville. The event is sponsored by the Jane Austen Society of Greater Louisville and will be held at 561 Blankenbaker Lane. Tours of the house will be provided Saturday and Sunday of the festival. Friday hours are 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. For Saturday and Sunday, hours are 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. The event will...

Investigations underway on reported lost wages for KY miners employed by bankrupt Blackjewel LLC

Both the Governor’s office and the office of the Attorney General are looking into the actions of the bankrupted Blackjewel, LLC mining company in Harlan County. Gov. Matt Bevin announced that the Labor Cabinet will open an investigation into Blackjewel LLC, an affiliate of Revelation Energy LLC, a coal company operating in the Commonwealth, regarding reports of unpaid wages for coal miners in...

New Urbanism and Louisville as a Microsoft regional hub for AI, Internet of Things, data science

By Adam Bruns Site Selection Magazine Among the topics at the 27th annual Congress for the New Urbanism in mid-June in Louisville, Kentucky was a panel discussion on “How Smart Do Cities Really Need to Be, and Does Being Smart Really Make Cents?” The timing couldn’t have been better, as Microsoft on June 7 announced that Louisville will become a Microsoft regional hub for artificial intelligence,...

Marsy’s Law supporters ask Kentucky Supreme Court to reconsider its decision on vague ballot wording

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Supporters of Marsy’s Law are asking the Kentucky Supreme Court to reconsider a decision last month that found the ballot wording too vague.

 The measure was approved as Senate Bill 3, sponsored by Sen. Whitney Westerfield, R-Crofton, during the 2018 General Assembly, passing the Senate 34-1, and the House, 87-3, allowing it to be placed on the November 2018 ballot.

 Whitney...

Officials urge caution against consuming fish From Kentucky River in wake of Jim Beam Distillery fire

Due to the July 2 fire at the Jim Beam bourbon warehouse in Woodford County, and the anticipated impact on the Kentucky River, the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources are anticipating impacts to the river, including foaming, discoloration, taste and odor. The agencies are already seeing fish kills, as well as distressed fish and impacts...