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Three state Cabinets join forces with Johnson Controls for re-entry training for prison inmates

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Officials with three Kentucky Cabinets are joining forces with a multi-national corporation to launch a training and re-entry program for Kentucky inmates. 
Education and Workforce Development, Labor, and Justice and Public Safety Cabinet officials along with leadership from Barren County, the Kentucky Department of Corrections and representatives of Johnson Controls will...

Pew Trusts: In a newly legal, potentially billion-dollar industry, where are the black hemp farmers

April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts Clarenda Stanley-Anderson will be the featured farmer of Hemp History Week, an educational campaign in June focused on a newly legal crop that’s at the center of a risky, potentially billion-dollar industry. Stanley-Anderson is considered a pioneer in the nascent hemp agricultural community, for educating others and encouraging young farmers to bring hemp back...

Kentucky Main Street conference to celebrate program’s 40th anniversary April 23-25 in Covington

A conference celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Kentucky Main Street program (KYMS) will take place April 23-25 in Covington, with nationally known speakers and sessions addressing downtown redevelopment strategies of interest to both urban and rural communities. A program of the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC), Kentucky Main Street was created in 1979 to reverse...

New bear hunting regulations proposed by Fish and Wildlife; proposal involves zone changes

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission proposed several new bear hunting regulations at its March quarterly meeting. The commission recommends all hunting, fishing and boating regulations for approval by the General Assembly. Legislators must approve all recommendations before they become law. In bear-related business, the commission recommended adjusting bear hunting zones and seasons: -Break Zone...

Rural Blog: Rural residents are having a harder time affording rent; analysis has data for every county

Change in percentage of county residents with severe cost burden for housing in 2010-17(Stateline map; click on the image to enlarge it or click here for the interactive version) It’s getting harder to find affordable housing in rural America. “Nearly one-fourth of the nation’s most rural counties have seen a sizeable increase this decade in the number of households spending at least...

Additional fishing access opens at Taylorsville Lake WMA; road opening along Salt River benefits anglers

A portion of River Road paralleling the Salt River in Anderson County is now open to anglers wishing to fish the headwaters of Taylorsville Lake for the spring white bass run. The gated accesses at Palmer Road and Old River Road off KY 44 at Taylorsville Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA) will remain open from daylight until dark into summer, except for closures during the youth-only and general spring...

GRADD/CCC annual STAND Against Child Abuse set for April 12 at Kentucky Wesleyan College

Dozens of agencies and organizations will gather on the front lawn of Kentucky Wesleyan College on April 12 from 4:30 until 7 p.m. in Owensboro, where they will provide fun activities for children, as well as information about services available to families while raising awareness of the issue of child abuse. This free event is sponsored by the Green River Area Development District’s (GRADD) Community...

PSC grants rate increase to Grayson RECC, but criticizes cooperative’s leadership

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has granted a rate increase to Grayson Rural Electric Cooperative Corp. (RECC) and has ordered the utility to undergo a comprehensive audit of its management practices. In orders issued Thursday, the PSC said Grayson RECC’s top leadership had effectively ignored a 2013 directive, issued in its last rate case, to improve its finances and operations. That...

Eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch underway in Central Kentucky; Farm managers urged to be vigilant

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Lexington on March 24, according to Daniel Potter, professor of entomology, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Potter, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and related trees, the first tiny...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Early spring chores important part of preparation for wild turkey, deer hunters

It’s that time of the year. Early spring is prime time to complete a number of important, annual chores on your farm, or hunting property, for the benefit of wild turkey and white-tailed deer. There are several reasons why now is the time to be out there, finishing wildlife management and habitat projects, scouting and getting re-familiarized with areas not visited that often. It’s a sure sign...

Kentucky State Capitol Building to feature 500-year-old Bibles from Truth Remains’ collection this Friday

Visitors and staff at the Kentucky State Capitol Building in Frankfort will have an opportunity this Friday (March 29) to hold 500 years of history in their hands. From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Truth Remains will display its collection of rare 16th and 17th century English Bibles on the second floor of the Capitol Building. Free and open to the public, the collection features a first edition 1611 King James...

Kentucky forestry officials urge caution as wildfires increase; more than 189 forest fires since March 1

Kentucky Division of Forestry (KDF) officials are urging caution after the spring forest fire hazard season, which began Feb. 15, became more active up in the past three weeks. The KDF reports it has battled more than 189 forest fires, which have damaged more than 1,524 acres, since March 1. “I urge the citizens of the Commonwealth to be cautious when they decide to burn outdoors,” said KDF Fire...

Rural Blog: Loss of environment beat at Ky’s largest newspaper another example of rural reporting decline

Rural areas around the nation get much less attention from metropolitan newspapers these days because the papers’ staffs have shriveled and their focus is largely on their metro area. One example of that is the demise of the environmental beat at the Louisville Courier Journal, Charles Bethea reports for The New Yorker magazine. James Bruggers, environmental reporter at the CJ since 1999, left...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Decoding spring white bass run after heavy rains, near-record water levels

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward With all of the rain we received early this year, many Kentuckians are wondering when will the white bass run. “We are about there, 60 degrees is the magic number for water temperature,” said Mike Hardin, assistant director of Fisheries for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. “The redbud blooms are as good an indicator as anything.” Redbud...

National Archery in the Schools Program sees record participation by archers, schools in 2019

In the state where the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) was born as an in-school pilot program, its growth in popularity is evident each spring. Kentucky’s NASP state tournament, hosted March 15-16 at the Kentucky Exposition Center, featured a record 7,039 student archers representing more than 450 schools, solidifying its distinction as the largest NASP state tournament in the nation. “NASP...

Turkey hunters will want to watch ‘Kentucky Afield’ television’s call-in show this Saturday night

Turkey hunters will not want to miss the next installment of the “Kentucky Afield” television show. With the youth and general spring turkey seasons fast approaching, hunters can submit questions before and during a special one-hour “Kentucky Afield” call-in show that airs live this Saturday (March 23) at 8:30 p.m. (Eastern) on Kentucky Educational Television (KET). An expert panel led by “Kentucky...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Longear sunfish, the most abundant in Ky. streams, adapts well to reservoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and last article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis ) is Kentucky’s most abundant stream sunfish, that adapts well to reservoirs impounded from major rivers. A beautifully-colored sunfish that is very familiar to anglers who fish rocky creeks, the longear is called a sun granny, or referred to simply...

Florence Williams, author of ‘The Nature Fix,’ to speak at UK; natural world affects mood, health

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky When journalist and author Florence Williams moved with her outdoor-loving family from Colorado to Washington, D.C., she quickly discovered that urban living can take its toll on a person. Williams subsequently plunged into a two-year search for answers on how the natural world affects people and learned that, yes, being in nature can improve mood and health,...

Kentucky Department of Agriculture sponsoring Kentucky Proud Direct Farm Marketing contest

The Kentucky Department of Agriculture has announced the Direct Farm Marketing Division is sponsoring a contest for Kentucky FFA members actively involved in the production, growth, and marketing of farm commodities or value-added products. “What better way to get our youth in the habit of going to a farmers’ market than a contest?” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky FFA students are some...