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Rural Blog: Central Kentucky mourns loss of church pastor, rural newspaper editor Larry Rowell

To some, the simultaneous roles of rural newspaper editor and church pastor might seem incompatible, but some have done it successfully. This week, Central Kentucky said goodbye to another who did: Larry Rowell. Larry Rowell and Abigail Whitehouse before a dove hunt (Photo from Rural Blog) Rowell, 63, died of brain cancer Jan. 25. He had been editor of The Casey County News in Liberty, interim editor...

Green River Area Development District to host Regional Legislative Breakfast Feb. 2 in Owensboro

The public is invited to attend a Regional Legislative Breakfast hosted by the Green River Area Development District (GRADD) on Saturday, February in Owensboro. This free event will be held at the GRADD Offices at 300 GRADD Way. Breakfast will be served at 9:00 a.m. and will be followed at 9:30 a.m. by a forum with state legislators who represent the seven-county region in Frankfort. Senators C.B....

UK to host inaugural High School Crop Scouting Competition July 30 at Princeton research center

Registration is now open for the University of Kentucky’s inaugural High School Crop Scouting Competition. The event will take place from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. July 30 at the UK Research and Education Center in Princeton. UK corn and soybean research plots (Photo by Matt Barton, UK agricultural communications) Participating teams should consist of four to six high-school students and an adult leader....

Women’s Adventure Weekend set for Feb. 8-10 at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park

If you’re interested in learning about hiking, paddling, mountain biking and more outdoor adventure, consider signing up for the Women’s Adventure Weekend Feb. 8-10 at Greenbo Lake State Park. The weekend will include sessions on night navigation, trail food, appropriate clothing and gear, paddling, mountain biking and more. The adventure film “Blood Road” will also be screened on Saturday...

Filing briefs: Stumbo files for AG, Democrat; Schroder files for AG, Republican; Henry for Sec. of State

Greg Stumbo only democrat for Attorney General Greg Stumbo, a former Kentucky attorney general and House speaker, filed with the secretary of state’s office on Friday seeking to return as attorney general. Greg Stumbo Stumbo said he plans to continue the message he held while in the office before. “We’re going to talk about opioids. We’re going to talk about protecting people’s rights. We’re...

Quarles encourages local organizations to apply for funding from Kentucky Proud promotional programs

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has called for Kentucky Proud members and local organizations to apply for funding from three Kentucky Proud promotional programs. “These Kentucky Proud programs help raise awareness of the many great local foods that Kentucky has to offer,” Quarles said. “In the process, they also help Kentucky family farms and agricultural businesses succeed. These programs...

Kentucky Distillers’ Association announces Rick Robinson as chairman of Board of Directors for 2019

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association has announced that Rick Robinson, Vice President of Product Supply Chain at Campari America, has been named chairman of the historic group’s Board of Directors for 2019. This marks the second time Robinson has served as chairman of the non-profit trade group that unites, promotes, protects and elevates the state’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry....

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Crappie a highly popular native game fish abundant throughout Kentucky

Editor’s note: This is the first article in the three-part series on crappie fishing opportunities in Kentucky. It’s cold and snowy now, but a month to six weeks from now, avid crappie anglers will be gearing up for the upcoming spring spawn. It’s the highlight of the year on the crappie fishing calendar, as fish staging in deep channels in lakes, begin moving up shallow in creeks, and eventually...

KDA approves more than 42,000 acres of industrial hemp for planting in 2019

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced the Kentucky Department of Agriculture approved 1,035 applications to cultivate up to 42,086 acres of industrial hemp in 2019. The KDA also approved 2.9 million square feet of greenhouse space for hemp cultivation.  “The numbers tell you what you need to know about the excitement about hemp in Kentucky,” Quarles said. “The growth in the number...

UK, Ky. Forage and Grassland Council conference to take fresh approach to alfalfa and stored forages

The University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council will host the 38th Annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference. The daylong event will begin at 8 a.m. Feb. 21 at the Fayette County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service. A producer cutting alfalfa (Photo courtesy of Chris Teutsch) “Our goal is to help producers improve the efficiency and...

Diocese of Covington, CovCath issue statement; 3rd-party investigation into D.C. issue begins this week

The Diocese of Covington and Covington Catholic High School issued the following statement this afternoon: “On Monday afternoon the Covington Police alerted us that they had intelligence concerning a planned protest, Jan. 22, at Covington Catholic High School and a vigil at the Diocesan Curia. Due to threats of violence and the possibility of large crowds the Diocese was advised to close Covington...

Woodland Stewards free webinar series a ‘primer for beginners’ on Thursday evenings in February, March

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will offer a series of free webinars, Getting to Know Your Woodlands: A Primer for Beginners, on five successive Thursday evenings in February and March. The goal of the web-based series is to empower woodland owners to promote environmental and forest health through increased awareness, experience and access...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: New fishing regulations to take affect across Kentucky beginning March 1

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward An old blues song “High Water Everywhere” lamented the damage caused by the great 1927 Mississippi River flood. Kentuckians so far this winter can empathize with those sentiments. Many rivers still run high, Lake Cumberland is at summer pool in January and other reservoirs are well above winter pool. The weather forecast calls for more rain, followed by wicked...

Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference in Morehead to provide educational opportunities

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Kentucky’s sheep and goat producers enjoy quality grazing opportunities because of the state’s ample forage base. Each year, the Kentucky Small Ruminant Grazing Conference aims to provide educational opportunities to new and established producers. The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment along with Kentucky State University,...

Ready Clarabelle for her close-up: UK scientists need pictures of cows for research project

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky University of Kentucky researchers are working to make cattle producers’ lives less stressful, but to do that, they need pictures of cows. A team of scientists led by Jesse Hoagg, associate professor in the UK Department of Mechanical Engineering, is working to develop several technologies that would allow producers to use drones, unmanned aerial vehicles, to...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Celebrating a memorable hunt in a special place as hunting season nears its end

It is a long walk in the dark to the narrow fold of land hidden between two ridges. Across a rolling pasture, and down the grassy farm road that slopes to the woods edge. The stars are bright in the cloudless sky. There’s a hint of yellow on the horizon. I feel my way into the timber and shuffle downhill through the leaves. The woods are clear underfoot. Even in darkness, there is the feeling of...

Harless, Cooper travel to China for economic development meetings with Shanying International

Paducah Mayor Brandi Harless and Ballard County Judge-Executive Todd Cooper are heading to China on Jan. 17 for three days of meetings with Shanying International Holdings, the parent company for Global Win and Phoenix Paper. Shanying invited Harless and Cooper to attend a conference for global employees, business partners, government officials and guest speakers. In August 2018, Global Win signed...

Officials discover juvenile Black Carp in Western Kentucky confirming invasive species in reproducing

A juvenile black carp has been discovered in Ballard County, according to the Fisheries Division of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The fish, a member of the invasive Asian carp species, came from Gar Creek near the Ohio River. “Assuming this fish was spawned locally, it provides further evidence that black carp are becoming more established in the lower Ohio River drainage...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to feature famous characters from Kentucky history in ‘Fireside Chats’

Featuring famous characters from Kentucky history, a series of “Fireside Chats” sponsored by Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will start at the Richmond park beginning Feb. 2. The fireside chats will be offered every Saturday during February, starting at 6:45 p.m. each day in the museum blockhouse. A “Taste of Frontier Fare” will be offered each Saturday from...

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky on sale now; resident fees unchanged

Licenses and permits to fish, hunt and trap in Kentucky in the coming license year are on sale now. The 2019-20 license year starts March 1. License and permit fees for Kentucky residents for the 2019-20 license year are unchanged from the 2018-19 license year. Prices on some options for non-residents have changed and include: • Annual fishing license, $55 • One-day fishing license, $15 • Seven-day...