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Brough Brother’s Distillery becomes 42nd member, first African-American owned distillery to join KDA

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association on Monday announced that Brough Brothers Distillery in Louisville as the newest and 42nd member of the non-profit trade group.. Brough Brothers Distillery is the first and only African American-owned, licensed and operating distillery in the state of Kentucky. It was founded by Victor, Bryson and Christian Yarbrough, three brothers who were born and raised in...

Governor joins 18 other governors in statement against racism, urges uniting against bigotry

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Gov. Andy Beshear joined 18 other governors to issue a statement on the rise in anti-Asian hate, and urged organizations, companies and individuals to participate in a virtual day of action. 
The announcement was made on Friday because March 26, 1790 was the date of the signing of the Naturalization Act into law, prohibiting non-white people from becoming U.S. citizens. Now,...

Retired jockey Larry Melancon, a long-time fixture under Churchill Downs’ twin spires, dies at 65

By Jennie Rees Special to KyForward Larry Melancon might not have been the top jockey at Churchill Downs during his long career, though he ranks among the winningest riders at the historic Louisville track even a decade after his retirement. Larry Melancon But no Churchill Downs jockey can match the resilience and longevity of Melancon, whose tenure of riding full-time under the Twin Spires for 36...

Farm managers urged to remain vigilant as eastern tent caterpillar hatch underway across Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Southern Kentucky this week and expected in Central Kentucky by early to mid-next week and Northern Kentucky a few days to a week after that, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. Jonathan Larson, UK extension...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Kentucky’s Nolin River Lake is known for its excellent white bass fishery

This is the 16th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Aerial view of Nolan River Lake (Photo from Flickr Commons) Nolin River Lake is in Edmonson, Grayson, Hardin, and Hart Counties, about 17 miles south of Leitchfield, KY. The dam is on Ky. 728, 7.8 miles upstream from the Nolin River’s confluence with the Green River. The lake is just a short drive from Mammoth Cave...

Bald eagle — beloved symbol of the U.S. — makes a bold, strong comeback in the lower 48 states

Populations of the American bald eagle — the bold national symbol of the United States — have quadrupled since 2009, according to a new report by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and its partners. Bald eagles once teetered on the brink of extinction, reaching an all-time low of 417 known nesting pairs in 1963 in the lower 48 states. However, after decades of protection, the banning of the pesticide...

After spending past decade mostly in Eastern Ky., emerald ash borer slowly making its way west

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The emerald ash borer is slowly making its way into Western Kentucky after spending the past decade largely in the eastern half of the state. The tiny, dark-green metallic beetle was first found in Central Kentucky in 2009. Due to the “Slow the Spread” campaign and quarantines that encouraged Kentuckians not to move firewood, the bugs’ westward movement was...

Revitalized Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website offers easier access to wealth of information

The online home of the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has a new look. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, working with the staff of Kentucky Interactive, recently revitalized its website for better accessibility and navigation. Part of the renovation includes placing the most searched items on the homepage for ease of use. The website, located at fw.ky.gov, offers a wealth of information to help...

A year into the coronavirus pandemic, crowded jails continue to fuel infections across the region

(Photo courtesy Warren County Regional Jail) By Alana Watson Ohio Valley ReSource When the first coronavirus cases were reported last year, Warren County, Kentucky, Jailer Stephen Harmon knew there was going to be a COVID-19 outbreak in his jail. It was just a matter of when. “We tried our best to keep it from happening,” he said. “However with this many people in a fairly small spot, we knew...

UK Gluck Center, industry leaders responding to uptick in foal diarrhea cases across Central Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky The first several months of the year make up the bulk of the busy foaling season in Central Kentucky, so when the region’s farms and equine practitioners began noticing increases of diarrhea in foals ages 2 to 7 days old, there was concern. In response, the University of Kentucky Gluck Equine Research Center is using a portion of its existing Koller Emergency...

Kentucky’s deep forests could hide piece of the ‘Bigfoot puzzle’; investigators discover possible DNA

By Liz Carey Daily Yonder Of all the things you expect to find in the hills of Appalachian Kentucky, proof of Bigfoot’s existence might not be at the top of the list. Among the legends and myths in rural America, tales of Bigfoot may be some of the most well known. Folk tales of a large, hairy, humanoid-like creature roaming the woods are most associated with the American Northwest. But a team...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Often overlooked by anglers, Lake Malone offers excellent largemouth bass fishing

This is the 15th article in an ongoing series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Lake Malone is 18 miles north of Russellville, in Muhlenberg, Todd, and Logan Counties. The lake opened in 1963 and was impounded from Rocky Creek, a tributary to the Mud River. It was built by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, in cooperation with the U.S. Soil Conservation Service. Lake Malone...

Rural Eastern Ky. high school vocational education programs training next generation of prison staff

By Anya Slepyan Special to KyForward There are three prisons within 35 miles of Jenkins Independent High School, in Letcher County. In a region where the decline of the coal industry has left jobs scarce, the archipelago of state and federal prisons scattered throughout the area have become significant employers. A few years ago, a student at Jenkins Independent came to guidance counselor Tammy Meade...

State road crews to begin treating noxious weeds along Ky. roadways, drivers urged to use caution

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet crews will begin treating for noxious and nuisance weeds throughout the state this month. The treatments aid in controlling the spread of undesirable plants along state highway rights of way to improve driver safety and ensure efficient maintenance operations. Poison Hemlock along a Kentucky roadway (Photo from KTC) The Cabinet, in accordance with KRS 176.051, targets...

Child tax credit expansion is ‘big deal’ to many rural residents; could cut child poverty rate in half in 2021

In a legendary hot-mic moment in 2010, then-Vice President Biden told President Obama that passage of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was a “big f—-ing deal.” The same might be said for the child tax credit expansion in the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan, according to some in rural southeastern Kentucky, writes Linda Blackford of the Lexington Herald-Leader. (KyForward...

U.S. Customs and Border Protection seized drugs, counterfeit IDs, more in Louisville in February

U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are working 24 hours a day, seven days a week to keep Americans safe from the dangerous items and activities that threaten communities around the U.S. CBP officers in Louisville seized a total of 518 pounds of illicit drugs and 676 counterfeit IDs, which includes fake ID and passports, during the month of February. The narcotics arrived from Mexico,...

As lawmakers prioritize broadband services, some communities wonder when it will reach them

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley Resource As Barkley Hughes and I rumbled around in his red utility vehicle last month, memories slowly unwound about his western Kentucky hometown. Tolu, a historic Ohio River-bound community of less than a hundred, only makes up a few blocks before opening up into rolling farmland. Hughes openly admits it’s not near anywhere, but that’s part of the reason he came...

Daylight Savings Time a good time to check for open repair recalls on cars, trucks

The approach of Daylight Saving Time this Sunday serves as a handy occasion to do more than spring forward. Put fresh batteries in the smoke alarm. Replace air filters. Inspect gutters. Here’s another to-do item: Check whether your car or truck has been recalled for a repair. It’s critical for safety, it’s easy, and the repairs are free. “Check To Protect,” a campaign by the National Safety...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The swimbait is a big bass lure especially effective during the spawn

When floodwaters recede, and lake levels return to seasonal normals, it will be the best time of the year to catch big bass. And what’s the go-to big fish lure pre-spawn and post-spawn? That’s open to debate, as water conditions vary, but a strong case can be made for the swimbait. Super soft plastic formulations are the most populare of swimbaits (Photo courtesy of Storm Lures) In the world of...

Student archers from across state to gather for Archery in the Schools Program March 12-13

Student archers from across Kentucky will take aim March 12-13 at the Kentucky Exposition Center as one of the largest school archery tournaments in the country returns to Louisville. The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is an in-school archery program for students in grades four through 12 that was first piloted in Kentucky. Additional health and safety measures will be implemented as...