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Lexington’s James E. Pepper Distillery becomes 39th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that the historic James E. Pepper Distillery in Lexington is the newest and 39th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Located in the heart of Lexington’s vibrant Distillery District, the restored Pepper distillery began production in December 2017 after more than...

Kentucky League of Cities names its annual awards; top Mayor is Steve Austin of Henderson

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and the new City Government of the Year for innovative city programs and projects.  The winners were recognized on September 18 during the KLC Conference & Expo.  KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners this week.     The Elected City Official...

FEAM Aero breaks ground on 103,000-sq-ft hanger at CVG, creates 100 jobs, invests $19 million

Gov. Matt Bevin congratulated FEAM Aero on the groundbreaking of its new 103,000-square-foot hangar in the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport (CVG), which will create 100 high-paying jobs with an $19 million investment. FEAM announcement at CVG “The commonwealth’s aviation and aerospace industries are soaring, and the addition of this FEAM Aero hangar in Hebron is the latest evidence...

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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Some of the best fishing for smallmouth bass arrives with autumn, as waters cool

With the arrival of autumn, as water temperatures begin to decline because of cooler nights and shorter days, anglers turn their attention to smallmouth bass. The best fishing for this species of black bass is during the cool to cold weather months, when they tend to be shallower, and more active. One of four species of black bass found in Kentucky waters, the smallmouth bass (Micropterus dolomieui)...

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,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s new book explores history, inhabitants of Elkhorn Creek

Richard Taylor, a professor of English and Kenan Visiting Writer at Transylvania University, explores the natural history, early inhabitants, and commerce along an eight-mile stretch of the main stem of the Bluegrass Region’s most esteemed waterway in his new book Elkhorn: Evolution of a Kentucky Landscape, published by University Press of Kentucky. Paul Sawyier (1865-1917) was an American impressionist...

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...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: 19th Central Ky. reel makers sparked popularity of bass sport angling in America

The many beautiful, free-flowing streams of Central Kentucky spawned more than bountiful populations of black bass. They encouraged generations of 19th-century anglers turned inventors to build and perfect fishing reels that would spark the popularity of sport angling in America. John Milam, son of B.C. Milam, became an apprentice, and eventual partner in his father’s reel making business. Their...