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Fort Boonesborough State Park special reunion site for ‘A Gathering of Descendants’ on June 15

Fort Boonesborough State Park is inviting anyone who had ancestors in the area of the historic fort during the 18th century to a special reunion on June 15. “A Gathering of Descendants” will be a chance to learn and find out about research on the history of Fort Boonesborough and its inhabitants. While Daniel Boone is the most famous fort resident, the event is open to the public and any other...

Mini farm at Elliott County High School helps bring agriculture back to Eastern Kentucky community

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky A mini farm at Elliott County High School is teaching students business and entrepreneurship skills they can use in their future careers and showing residents how they can use agriculture to improve their lives. The mini farm is a project of Gary Selby, the high school’s agriculture teacher, and Keith Center, an agent with the University of Kentucky Cooperative...

Rural Blog: Appalachian Regional Commission report provides update on trends in Appalachia

The Appalachian Regional Commission has released an extensive report detailing trends in Appalachia from 2013 to 2017, including population, education, employment, income, poverty, and broadband access. Most data comes from the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. Among the ARC report’s key points: • Much of Appalachia has lost population since 2010, but some southern parts...

Rural Blog: Winner of Berea College Appalachian narrative essay contest counterpoints Hillbilly Elegy

So much of what pop culture says about Appalachia comes from the outside and is often riddled with stereotypes and ill-informed judgments. The “Appalachian Narratives for Our Time” contest from Berea College’s Loyal Jones Appalachian Center is a breath of fresh air, with personal essays about the realities of living in Appalachia. Berea recently announced the winners, which were...

Quarles to lead forums to build relationships between agriculture and manufacturing in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles will lead seven forums across the Commonwealth to help Kentucky farmers and businesses find ways to strengthen ties between agriculture and manufacturing to increase income and create jobs. The third annual series of LAND (Linking Agriculture for Networking & Development) forums will open June 18 and continue through September. The forums are sponsored by...

Kentucky’s state veterans cemeteries to hold ceremonies during Memorial Day holiday

Kentucky’s veterans cemeteries, as well as veterans centers across the Commonwealth, will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday, honoring those who have died in service to our country. Kentucky’s newest veterans cemetery, Kentucky Veterans Cemetery South East in Hyden, will hold its Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Eastern on May 27. The guest speaker will be Rep. Derek Lewis. Kentucky Department...

Extension class teaches teens with Down syndrome important skills with ‘Teen Cuisine’ series

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Olivia Miller put in her request the minute she arrived at the Fayette County Cooperative Extension office for the fifth lesson in the Teen Cuisine series. She wanted to make Frappuccinos, she told Jacqui Denegri. She really wanted to make Frappuccinos. Denegri, University of Kentucky extension nutrition education program assistant, hated to disappoint Olivia,...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: New book is first to highlight the unique diversity of Red River Gorge watershed

Rock Bridge is one of more than 100 natural sandstone arches in the Red River Gorge. (Photo from Wikipedia Commons) Red River Gorge National Geological Area, a unique natural area in Daniel Boone National Forest, attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors a year to east-central Kentucky. Wildflowers and Ferns of Red River Gorge and the Greater Red River Basin is the first book of its kind on the Gorge...

Second year of Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail featuring regional cuisine open through Oct. 31

For the second year, guests can sample some tasty regional fare at nine Kentucky State Parks on the 2019 Kentucky State Parks Culinary Trail. This highly successful trail is part of the Better in the Bluegrass culinary tourism initiative that showcases one-of-a-kind restaurants and chefs specializing in local ingredients and distinctive cuisine. Better in the Bluegrass was highlighted by the last...

Most Kentucky State Parks pools and beaches on schedule to open for Memorial Day Weekend

Memorial Day Weekend is the traditional opening date for Kentucky State Park pools and beaches. Most pools and beaches will be opening. Lodge pools are reserved for lodge and cottage guests. Community pools at Greenbo Lake, Carter Caves, Levi Jackson, Blue Licks Battlefield, Cumberland Falls, E.P. “Tom” Sawyer, Kincaid Lake, Natural Bridge and Fort Boonesborough state parks charge a fee and are...

Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference to be held at Lexington’s Hilton Hotel June 3-6

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The 35th Southern Forest Tree Improvement Conference is June 3-6 in the Hilton Hotel in downtown Lexington. The biannual conference is a focal point for researchers and extension specialists to exchange information and discuss current research and future needs for forest genetics and tree breeding. This year’s meeting is hosted by the Forest Health Research...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Two tailwater floats for summer small mouth bass fishing

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Anyone who loves floating streams for smallmouth bass out of a kayak, canoe or personal pontoon boat did not enjoy last year much at all. Many areas of Kentucky set annual rainfall records in 2018. It seemed a 3-inch rain hit every third day from spring through fall. Streams flowed raucous and so muddy it seemed you could cut the water with a knife. These conditions...

Kentucky Today: Where the two Republican candidates for governor stand on important issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a look on how the major gubernatorial Republican candidates stand on some key issues.    
The responses are based information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. Candidates: Gov. Matt Bevin and Rep. Robert Goforth. 
The...

Kentucky Today: How the three democratic gubernatorial candidates stand on key issues

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The gubernatorial primary is Tuesday and here is a guide on how the major Democratic candidates stand on some important issues. The responses are based on information gained from a variety of sources, including responses to a questionnaire, public statements, the candidate’s website and past news reports. The major candidates are defined as those who have raised at...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Bullfrog season opens today; delicacy has been enjoyed by generations of Kyians

Bullfrog season opens in spring, but the nightly chorus is considered by many to be the song of summer. In the still night air the bullfrog’s deep, raspy call sounds like “jug-o-rum, jug-o-rum.” The allure of the season is being outdoors at night — listening to the sounds of whippoorwills and crickets, walking through fields of tall grass by the light of the moon and stars, marveling at...

UK, Whitley County FFA students partner to help rebuild ecosystem at Flying Rooster Farm

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Lee Bryant was having fun, whooping it up and darting from person to person applauding their efforts and offering advice. University of Kentucky forestry and natural resources undergraduate and graduate students, with about 60 FFA students from Whitley County High School, spent a spring day at his Flying Rooster Farm in Whitley County, learning about forest...

Ky. Artisan Center to host opening reception for International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art May 17

An open to the public reception for the International Exhibition of Scratchboard Art will be held Friday, May 17, from 5:00 to 7:30 p.m. at the Kentucky Artisan Center. This exhibit features 61 works by 51 artists from all over the United States, Canada, Switzerland, Australia, Germany, New Zealand, China and Portugal. This is the first international exhibit to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center. “Confrontation”...

Salato Sampler fundraiser celebrates 16th year with The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys June 1

Enjoy the best of Kentucky’s food and drink while supporting the Salato Wildlife Education Center at the 16th annual Salato Sampler in Frankfort from 6 to 9 p.m. Saturday, June 1. In addition to tasting the world’s finest bourbons, guests can enjoy locally produced food from Kentucky Proud vendors, including smoked pork, fried catfish and blue snapper (Asian carp). The Sampler also offers local...

UK Cooperative Extension Service helping cattle producers improve operations, nurture environment

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Most cattle producers want to run as efficient an operation as possible while nurturing a healthy environment in which their livestock can thrive. A University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service program in Jackson County is striving to help local producers do just that. David Coffey started a farm management program in 2017 in the county to focus on producers’...

Rural Blog: Ky’s broadband boondoggle a cautionary tale; Bevin’s aide undercutting him siding with AT&T

(Click for larger image) Five years ago, the Democratic governor of Kentucky, who couldn’t run for re-election, and a powerful Republican congressman struck a deal with private investors to get high-speed internet to the state’s rural areas, especially the congressman’s depressed district. The KentuckyWired system is only one-third built, and now the governor is a Republican whose...