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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...

Despite voting restoration, many Kentuckians among thousands in Ohio Valley still disenfranchised

By Alana Watson Ohio Valley Resource After more than a decade, Kentucky resident Guy Hamilton-Smith voted this year for the first time in the state. Even though he didn’t vote in person because of the COVID-19 pandemic, sending his ballot through the mail was still an emotional moment. “Not being able to vote for many years was like a really big reminder that in very important and meaningful ways,...

New public pistol range now open in Meade County at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has opened a dedicated pistol range at Otter Creek Outdoor Recreation Area in Meade County. The new pistol range, the second operated by Kentucky Fish and Wildlife, opened Dec. 2 and is near an existing rifle range at the area. “Hunters and recreational shooters made this possible through the federal excise taxes they paid on their purchases...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A scenic mountain reservoir, Carr Creek Lake is an overlooked walleye fishery

Editor’s note: This is the ninth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. For more than twenty years it was known as Carr Fork Lake. In January 1997, Congress officially changed the name of the project to Carr Creek Lake, in honor of long hunter William Carr, who explored the area in the 1770’s, and the community’s legendary high school basketball team that won the state championship...

Early winter blast prompts livestock producers in Kentucky to think about cold months ahead

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky An early blast of cold, snow and ice arrived in the Bluegrass, and that puts pressure on farmers to make sure their animals are ready for the winter assault. “The combination of cold air and wind create windchills that cause dangerous and emergency-category periods of livestock cold stress,” said Matt Dixon, agricultural meteorologist for the University...

Kentucky Lake to host tests of experimental invasive Asian carp harvest techniques in December

Waterfowl hunters, anglers and boaters should anticipate limited access to portions of five bays on Kentucky Lake periodically over the next several weeks as officials evaluate experimental Asian Carp harvest techniques. The clearing of submerged debris from designated “Asian Carp Harvest Areas” began Tuesday in parts of Smith and Pisgah bays. Similar clearing of harvest areas also will occur in...

Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference to take place virtually across four days in January

The 2021 Kentucky Fruit and Vegetable Conference, the premier event for statewide produce growers to interact and learn, is set to take place virtually across four days in January, Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. “Each year experts in Kentucky’s produce community come together to share their knowledge with the rest of the state,” Quarles said. “Learning from...

First snow of season on its way — up to two inches accumulation — bundle up and be prepared

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Much of Kentucky is expected to see the first accumulating snow of the season over the next couple of days. The National Weather Service offices in Louisville, Jackson and Wilmington, Ohio, have posted Winter Weather Advisories for central and eastern positions of Kentucky, basically along and east of a line from Milton in Trimble County to Albany in Clinton County from...

More sick staff, fewer beds in rural hospitals as COVID-19 continues spread through region

By Corinne Boyer Ohio Valley ReSource Dr. Kirk Tucker, chief clinical officer of Adena Health Systems in Chillicothe, Ohio, said a week before Thanksgiving that the health system’s three hospitals in southern Ohio were bombarded with coronavirus patients. But it isn’t just the patients testing positive. The virus has also sickened 65 of his fellow caregivers. Recently, Tucker said, a doctor there...

Popular tomato growers from Central Kentucky receive 2020 Bill Best Award on Dec. 4

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Central Kentucky growers Mark and Velvet Henkle, of Henkle’s Herbs and Heirlooms, will receive the 2020 Bill Best Award for Food and Farm Stewards from the University of Kentucky’s Food Connection at 10 a.m. Dec. 4. The award presentation will be part of a virtual First Friday on Facebook Live and YouTube. The honor is named after Bill Best, collector...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Eastern Kentucky’s Dewey Lake, a mountain reservoir with a mix of fish species

Editor’s Note: This is the eighth article in a series about Kentucky’s major reservoirs. Dewey Lake is a mountain reservoir located near Prestonsburg in Floyd County. (Photo from Kentucky State Parks) Dewey Lake is in eastern Kentucky’s Floyd County. The dam is about 4 miles northeast of Prestonsburg, off Ky. 3. Impounded from John’s Creek, a tributary to the Levisa Fork of the Big Sandy...

During November National Adoption Month, UK launches virtual support group for adopted Ky. teens

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky In Kentucky, there are nearly 10,000 young people in foster care, of which nearly one-third are waiting for their “forever” adoptive home. That’s why the College of Social Work (CoSW) at the University of Kentucky remains committed to supporting adoptive and foster families. “Having been in out-of-home care myself, I can certainly appreciate the complexities...

Gardens surge in popularity during summer; Quarles urged Kentuckians to grow Victory Gardens

This summer, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles encouraged people to get their hands dirty and get in touch with their agricultural roots. The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) teamed up with the University of Kentucky’s (UK) Cooperative Extension Service and Kentucky’s Nutrition Education Program (KYNEP) to motivate Kentuckians to plant a Victory Garden and enjoy the fruits and vegetables...

University of Louisville student teams innovate new healthcare tech in whirlwind virtual weekend

By Baylee Pulliam University of Louisville University of Louisville student teams are building startups to improve healthcare, from making nurse workflow more efficient to thinking of new therapies for tumors — all in the course of a whirlwind virtual weekend. It’s part of a new student-led UofL event called CardStart, that asks teams to create innovative solutions to health care problems and...

Kentucky State Parks offering discounts to active military, veterans from November through March

Through the “USA Military Discount” program, Kentucky State Parks will offer current and former members of the armed forces lodging discounts. Those on active military duty, retired members of the military, veterans, members of the National Guard and reservists are eligible for a state park discount from Nov. 1 to March 31. Discount rates are available at Kentucky State Resort Parks and the cottages...

Reviewing Biden’s plan for ‘building back better’ and what it could mean for the Ohio Valley

By Liam Niemeyer Ohio Valley ReSource David Meinschein’s teachers, staff and students have sacrificed a lot this year amid the staggering challenges of the coronavirus pandemic. He opens the door heading inside Ballad Memorial High School’s basketball gymnasium — known locally as the “Green Palace” for its school colors. The school’s emptiness is another reminder of COVID-19’s impact....

UK Department of Forestry researchers ask public for help in finding lingering ash to save rare species

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The search is on for lingering ash, those rare trees that have managed to survive the deadly onslaught of the emerald ash borer. Finding them in the forest is like looking for a needle in the haystack, but the University of Kentucky Department of Forestry and Natural Resources is partnering with the Kentucky Division of Forestry to find as many as possible...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Richard Taylor’s Girty melds myth and fact to tell story of notorious frontier traitor

In this classic work, Richard Taylor artfully assembles passages from diaries, travel accounts, biographies, poems and monologues to tell the story of Simon Girty (1741-1818), branded as a notorious traitor, and one of the most hated men in the Ohio River Valley and Kentucky frontier. Girty survived important battles in two wars that had a profound impact on Kentuckians, the American Revolutionary...

UK students, Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce make mutually beneficial team

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky College can open doors to a wider world, to career opportunities or to beneficial experiences that are sometimes hard to quantify until later in life. University of Kentucky students Mia Thompson and Alexis “Lexi” Stewart are experiencing all three of those while they work with the Paintsville-Johnson County Chamber of Commerce this semester. Their professor...