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Patrons help Kentucky restaurant workers weather the pandemic holidays through ‘Adopt a Server’

By Sydney Boles Ohio Valley Resource Stay-at-home mom Sarci Eldridge has a big heart. So when Kentucky entered its second round of restaurant restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic, her first thought was for her favorite server, Jessica Carey. “Me and my mom were talking, and we were just like, you know, we should just get Jessica something to get her through the holidays,” Eldridge said....

Rural Blog: Quick hits — top 10 ag stories of 2020 (school closures, country music, bike paths, more)

Here’s a roundup of stories with rural resonance: Small banks helped businesses win more Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Read more here. A school district is suing parents for unpaid textbook fees during the pandemic. Does your state allow such lawsuits? Read more here. Click image to go to website Rural schools are more likely to hold in-person classes, but the pandemic is hitting staff and...

Christmas for the Fishes replenishes habitat; donation program collects live Christmas trees

Recycle your real Christmas tree after the holiday season by donating it for use by Kentucky’s underwater inhabitants. Starting Dec. 26, the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will be accepting natural Christmas trees at more than two dozen drop-off locations across the state for its annual Christmas for the Fishes program. Tree collection will continue between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily through...

West Kentucky WMA open deer hunt procedures changed; sign up by phone or email beginning Jan. 4

Hunters interested in the open firearms deer hunt at West Kentucky Wildlife Management Area (WMA) in McCracken County are advised that the sign-up process and some procedures will be different for the three-day opportunity in January. Instead of in-person signups, registration will be by phone and email only. The changes are necessary to ensure the health and safety of hunters and WMA staff. The shotgun...

Ahead of schedule and under budget, Brent Spence Bridge reopens to traffic following emergency repair

Gov. Andy Beshear and Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Secretary Jim Gray on Tuesday announced the end of a six-week emergency repair project to restore and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge one day ahead of the scheduled completion date. Travel lanes and various access ramps leading to the bridge began opening gradually to full capacity throughout the afternoon and evening, following completion...

Wreaths Across America at Camp Nelson National Cemetery honored veterans, low-key due to COVID

National Wreaths Across America Day was celebrated on Saturday at Camp Nelson National Cemetery, located south of Nicholasville. In this, a year like no other, the local WreathsCampNelson organizing committee, aware of COVID-19 restrictions, made the decision to modify and continue the tradition of National Wreaths Across America Day. Eight other Kentucky cemeteries participated in the nation-wide...

Farmer-researcher partnerships are backbone of agricultural advances in fields across Kentucky

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Agriculture is advancing in fields across Kentucky thanks to farmers willing to take the time and share their land for research. Scientists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment engage with an extensive network of producers in all disciplines. The partnerships do not form overnight but over the course of numerous meetings, developing...

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet offers historic Perry County bridge at Jeff for relocation

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet is looking for a new Kentucky home for an old Kentucky bridge. The state plans to replace a nearly century-old bridge at Jeff in Perry County with a modern span as part of the Bridging Kentucky initiative. The existing bridge, carrying Kenmont Road over the North Fork of the Kentucky River, is a two-span pony truss bridge. It was built in 1926 and has been deemed...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Fall and winter are ideal times for brown trout fishing in Kentucky waters

The brown trout (Salmo trutta) is a European species that has been widely introduced. In April 1884, the U.S. Fish Commission, released 4,900 brown trout fry into the Baldwin River, a tributary of the Pere Marquette River in Michigan. This was the first release of brown trout into U.S. waters. By 1900, 38 states had received stocks of brown trout. Their adaptability resulted in many of these introductions...

Kentucky Youth Advocates brief addresses impact of maternal incarceration, offers possible solutions

A new Blueprint for Kentucky’s Children brief released Wednesday by Kentucky Youth Advocates, Data Trends and Policy Recommendations to Address the Impact of Maternal Incarceration on Kentucky’s Children, shows that the number of women incarcerated has grown at an alarming pace in Kentucky in recent decades and that women incarcerated are more likely to be a parent. The brief highlights the prevalence...

Waterfowl hunters need to take precautions, avoid boating accidents during winter months

Waterfowl hunters often forget they are boaters, too. Failing to keep safe boating in mind while hunting can lead to disastrous results. “A person in distress in the water can be a bad situation in summertime, but in cold weather, due to water temperatures, your danger level is exponentially increased,” said Marcus Bowling, boating education coordinator for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

UK researchers say plant reproduction finding could lead to more reliable crop production, higher yields

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Understanding the mechanisms behind successful plant reproduction can lead to more reliable crop production and higher yields. In a recent study, an international group of scientists led by researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment identified signaling and motor proteins that help guide the male nuclei toward its female...

‘Beginning of the end’: Major milestone in virus fight as Kentucky receives first vaccine shipment

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Sunday saw a major milestone in the fight against COVID-19, as the first shipment of vaccine arrived in Kentucky. The initial shipment of the two-dose Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine was delivered to Louisville’s UPS Worldport. It was the first vaccine to win approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, receiving final regulatory approval Friday evening. The first shipment...

Office of Highway Safety reminds Kentucky drivers to plan safe rides during upcoming holiday season

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and law enforcement nationwide in the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign Dec. 16, 2020, through Jan. 1, 2021. “It’s been a tough year for all Kentuckians and I want us to have a great Christmas and New Year’s holiday,” said Gov. Andy Beshear....

UK equine extension specialist says Kentucky horse owners should check hay supply as winter nears

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Kentuckians have already experienced the first effects of winter. A University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialist said that was a good reminder that many horse owners will soon be feeding more hay and need to check their supplies. “While most horse owners purchased hay months ago and neatly stored it away, it’s a good idea...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rabbit hemorrhagic disease threatens North America’s wild rabbit population

Rabbit hemorrhagic disease, highly contagious disease with a high mortality rate, is threatening North America’s wild rabbits. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Animal and Plant Heath Inspection Service classified the virus serotype 2 (RHDV2) “as a foreign animal disease…for the first time in the U.S., detected in wild rabbits.” The black-tailed jackrabbit is one of the species...

Kentucky Transportation Secretary Jim Gray provides update on repairs to damaged Brent Spence Bridge

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet Secretary (KYTC) Jim Gray on Wednesday updated progress being made to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge, which carries Interstates 71 and 75 over the Ohio River in Northern Kentucky and is a critical corridor for interstate travel and commerce. “We’re now past the midpoint of this project to repair and reopen the Brent Spence Bridge,” Secretary Gray said....

Kentucky Transportation Cabinet encourages students to enter Adopt-a-Highway Art Contest

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) is encouraging Kentucky students to enter the 2020-2021 edition of its popular Adopt-a-Highway art contest. The theme is Adopt-a-Highway: For a Litter-Free Kentucky. “There are prizes for the winners, but the real payoff is that our youngest citizens are engaged early in life to promote a cleaner Kentucky,” Gov. Andy Beshear said. “The KYTC Adopt-a-Highway...

Kentucky housing sales volume through October just shy of 2019 total; median sales price moderates

The unlikely story of the 2020 Kentucky housing market continues to be written. As 2020 began and the super-charged market took a hit from the pandemic restrictions that were put in place, doubts were cast on the speed of recovery and what the market’s year would end up performing. Here is that story in a nutshell. The total home sales volume figure for 2019 was $10.4 billion. The October 2020 year-to-date...

Kentucky commemorates Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day; flags at state offices to fly at half-mast

On July 16, Kentucky lost its last Pearl Harbor survivor, 101-year-old Albert Patrick. Last year, the community of Salyersville celebrated Patrick’s 100th birthday, when he was one of four remaining Pearl Harbor survivors in the nation. Today there are only two, both of them 98 years old. Seventy-nine years later, the name “Pearl Harbor” still sends chills up the spine of even people born decades...