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Kentucky Career Center offers readiness training, assessments to applicants for state agency recruitment

The Kentucky Career Center (KCC), within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC), is partnering with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources (KDFWR) to offer career readiness training and assessments to applicants for state government careers. Featuring 17 of top essential skills identified by employers for potential employees to be successful in the workforce,...

Go vote, Kentucky! Deadline to register is Monday, October 7; Election Day is Tuesday, November 5

As the November 5 election approaches there is still time to register to vote and to have your voice heard. Deadline to register in Kentucky is Monday, October 7. And you can register entirely online at govoteky.gov or in person at your county clerk’s office. Click image to register Today is a good time to register, because it’s the 8th annual National Voter Registration Day – a massive,...

Energy and Environment Cabinet recognizes state environmental award winners at annual conference

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet last week recognized a number of individuals and organizations for making positive contributions to Kentucky’s environment. Cabinet Secretary Charles Snavely presented the environmental awards during a luncheon ceremony at the 43rd annual Governor’s Conference on Energy and the Environment in Lexington. Conference sessions during the all-day event included...

When you said ‘rain, rain go away,’ it worked; KY is in a drought situation and could use some now

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky experienced a lot of rain through the first half of the year, but that has reversed itself in recent weeks, with much of the state now in a drought situation.

 September is one of Kentucky’s driest months, and this year is no exception, with only widely scattered rain this month.

 Parts of Kentucky are now in a moderate drought due to our recent dry...

UK researchers, farmers, stakeholders celebrate official opening of Grain and Forage Center of Excellence

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers, Kentucky farmers and stakeholders celebrated the official opening of UK’s Grain and Forage Center of Excellence, a facility committed to moving the state’s and surrounding region’s agricultural community forward. “The Grain and Forage Center of Excellence reflects our land-grant mission in the 21st century,” UK...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: When using a treestand, deer hunters must focus on safety, pay attention to details

With bow season underway, hunters are making final preparations or may have already hunted a time or two on the few cool mornings we’ve had since the season started September 7. If you are planning on taking to the trees, stay focused on treestand safety. While it’s still too hot to hunt most days, now is a good time to check out your treestand, and re-familiarize yourself with its safe use. When...

Kentucky Folklife Program at WKU receives NEA grant to preserve, share Kentucky musical legacies

The Kentucky Folklife Program, housed in the Department of Folk Studies and Anthropology at Western Kentucky University, has received funding from the National Endowment for the Arts to support a traveling exhibit and associated programming centered on the musical heritage and culture of Southcentral Kentucky. Since 1989, the mission of the Kentucky Folklife Program has been to document, present and...

Wide-ranging class of six to be inducted into Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame Thursday

The Kentucky Bourbon Hall of Fame on Thursday will induct six individuals into its hallowed ranks and bestow its Parker Beam Lifetime Achievement Award on a beloved icon who patiently resurrected one of the state’s most historic distilleries and returned the family-owned brand to global prominence. A limited number of tickets are still available at www.kybourbonfestival.com for the event from 4 p.m....

UK College of Ag celebrates renovation of historic home, formation of Beam Institute of Ky. Spirits

By Laura Skillman University of Kentucky University of Kentucky officials gathered beside the historic Cooper House last week to celebrate its rebirth as the new front door for the College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. UK officials also recognized the establishment of the previously announced James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, which will lay the educational foundation for the future...

Louisville’s Kentucky Bourbon Affair to combine with Bourbon & Beyond festival for 2020 event series

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair announced last week it is moving the five-day fantasy camp to September next year to become the opening act for the growing Bourbon & Beyond festival. Created in 2014 by the Kentucky Distillers’ Association, the KBA features one-of-a-kind experiences at the state’s distilleries by day, followed by nightcap events that showcase Louisville’s “foodie” and cocktail...

State of the Judiciary: Justice Minton talks business courts, speeding processes, redistricting, more

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Improvements to Kentucky’s judiciary and a look toward the future were all part of the State of the Judiciary address by Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., before the General Assembly’s Interim Joint Judiciary Committee on Friday. “From civil justice reform to judicial redistricting to opening child protection cases to addressing court delays and the...

Owensboro residents discuss meth at community forum; police say they’re losing battle with drug

The methamphetamine problem is so bad in Owensboro that the city commissioner hosted a community forum to discuss it, Katie Pickens reports for the Owensboro Times. “This issue affects almost everyone in this community,” Commissioner Larry Conder told a crowd of more than 100 at the Sept. 10 forum. Methamphetamine is also called meth, crystal, chalk and ice, among other things. It is an extremely...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The Belted Kingfisher is a sure sign of good fishing for stream anglers

The Belted Kinkfisher (Photo by Brian Kushner, Audubon Society) The Belted Kingfisher (Megaceryle alcyon) is a good luck charm for anglers, most often observed along wooded streams. When you see one of these distinctive birds perched on a snag, or flying overhead, it’s a sure sign the fishing must be good. That’s because this water bird, easily identified by its slate blue and white plumage, and...

More than 7,000 acres of Breathitt County hunting access area withdrawn from public use

A privately held area in Breathitt County totaling more than 7,000 acres is no longer part of a public hunting access program administered by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Hunting access area agreements are the outgrowth of the department’s efforts to work with private landowners to open more acreage to the public. These agreements are not permanent and may be altered or...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has proclaimed the week of Sept. 15-21 as Farm Safety and Health Week in Kentucky to encourage farmers and farm workers to put safety first at all times. “Farmers face all sorts of risks in the course of their work – machinery accidents, chemical exposure, unruly livestock, grain bin entrapment, severe weather, and many others,” Quarles said. “In Kentucky,...

Eastern Ky. communities to host Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week

“Outlaws, Moonshine, and a Country Song: Embracing Your Cultural Heritage” will be the theme of the Kentucky Main Street Program fall conference this week (Sept. 10-12), which will showcase the Eastern Kentucky communities of Beattyville, Paintsville, Pikeville and Salyersville. Local board members and program directors from across the state will explore tourist destinations, shopping, arts and...

Civil War Days weekend set for Oct. 11-13 at Columbus-Belmont State Park; admission is free

Civil War Days returns to the banks of the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park the weekend of Oct. 11-13. The 29th year of this weekend features battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free. This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday, featuring cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a soldier, camp cooking...

Coal miner in Hopkins County is fourth fatality this year in Kentucky mines; he is Jeremy Elder, 39

Kentucky now has had its fourth mining fatality so far this year with the death of a Hopkins County miner on Thursday. 
The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet says 39-year-old Jeremy Elder of Providence, a miner helper with 15 years of experience, suffered critical injuries in a vehicle accident at the Alliance Resource Partners LP Cardinal mine in Madisonville.  He was brought to the surface...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to host annual ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ weekend on Sept. 28-29

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend on Sept. 28-29. 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. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the Revolutionary War. The settlers in the fort refused to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: News and observations as Kentucky’s white-tailed deer season set to begin

Kentucky’s 2019-20 hunting season for white-tailed deer opens tomorrow, with the beginning of archery hunting, a 136-day season that continues through Monday, January 20, 2020. Below are some news and observations about our most popular big game animal. • Deer numbers in the U.S. have grown since the 1930s when the population had dropped to an all-time low estimate of 300,000. • In the past...