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Sec. Quarles: As we celebrate Hemp History Week; let’s help Kentucky make its own mark

This week Americans celebrate Hemp History Week. Here in Kentucky, we know industrial hemp is a crop that connects our past to our future. A quick survey of the crop’s history proves it is time for us to make our own mark on hemp history and allow it to flourish. Quarles The history of the United States is entwined with hemp’s history. George Washington and Thomas Jefferson are believed to have...

Colon Cancer Prevention Project continues work to save lives; ACS reduces recommended screening age

The American Cancer Society responded to the increasing rates of early age onset colon cancer by pragmatically lowering the age of initial colon cancer screening for normal risk individuals from 50 to 45. Colon cancer is the second leading cause of death from cancers that effect both men and women with 43 percent of young onset patients diagnosed between the ages of 45-49. In the Commonwealth of Kentucky,...

Kentucky by Heart: Paris residents rescue small dog named Guy — now an adopted member of royalty

Paris residents Charlie and Elaine Fuerniss have made loving contacts with literally thousands of dogs while working as animal rescuers for more than three decades. This while both attend to full-time jobs in Lexington. Guy was adopted by actress Meghan Markle during the time she spent in Canada filming the TV show, Suits. The adoption, and Guy, became an international subject of conversation when...

Lexington’s Historic Courthouse restoration wins Kentucky Heritage Council preservation award

Lexington’s transformation of the Historic Courthouse on Main Street into a modern mixed-use office and event space earned one of the state’s most prestigious statewide historic preservation awards this week. The Historic Courthouse under renovation (file photo) The Kentucky Heritage Council, the state’s historic preservation office, said the rehabilitation of the Courthouse “required innovative...

Old Mulkey Celebration of Quilts and Quilting in Tomkinsville pays tribute to Lucille Page

Even when she was blind and suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, Lucille Page was able to check her grandchildren’s work when they made a quilt. Page “It was amazing to see,” said her grandson, Trevor Bean, of Tompkinsville. “She used her hands to see if I did it the correct way.” Quilting was a family tradition in Page’s family and she made sure to pass it along to her 10 grandsons and...

Quarles to host USDA Under Secretary for Trade McKinney for roundtable June 6

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced that he will hold a roundtable with United States Department of Agriculture Under Secretary for Trade and Foreign Agricultural Affairs Ted McKinney on June 6 at 9 a.m. at the Limestone Café located in the Keeneland Sales Pavilion. “Kentucky agriculture needs international trade, but the rest of the world needs Kentucky agriculture,” Quarles said....

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...

Federal judge sets trial date for state’s ban on most common type of second-trimester abortion

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federal judge has ruled that a new law banning a common abortion procedure called dilation and evacuation, or D&E, after roughly 11 weeks will not be enforced in Kentucky until after a trial is held in November. Judge McKinley The order from Chief Judge Joseph H. McKinley set the trial for Nov. 13 after vacating the preliminary injunction hearing that had...

Constance Alexander: As a teenager, a springtime drive along Main Street provided a lasting memory

In the northeast where I grew up, it was springtime until prom was over and graduation loomed. The promise of summer glimmered on the landscape, just barely out of reach. By early June, the days began to stretch out like a sinuous silk road that led to somewhere better, someplace special, something more exciting than a small town where you could tell time by the train whistles and the chimes of the...

Jamie Vaught: UK’s Snell receives preseason recognition from college football yearbooks

Benny Snell Jr. is the latest Kentucky football standout who has become one of Southeastern Conference’s glamour boys. After a record-setting performance last year in leading UK to a 7-6 mark and an appearance in the Music City Bowl, you’ll find the junior running back from Westerville, Ohio, appearing on regional covers for all three 2018 college football yearbooks in Athlon Sports, Lindy’s...

Hands On History Saturdays at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site through the summer

Family-friendly activities related to archaeology, Mississippian Native American culture and the natural environment will be offered on Saturdays through the summer at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site. A child plays a Native American game at Wickliffe Mounds (provided photo). Each “Hands On History Saturday” activity will be demonstrated by park staff for visitors of all ages and will include...

AG Beshear: Every community must join our fight against modern day slavery – human trafficking

Victims of human trafficking are often the most vulnerable in our communities – victims of abuse and violence, runaways, refugees, immigrants or those who are homeless. Human trafficking is the second-largest criminal enterprise in the world and sadly, our Kentucky communities are not immune. Beshear In Kentucky, both adults and children are coerced into illegal sex trafficking, domestic servitude...

Operation UNITE uses comprehensive approach to keep Appalachian kids off drugs

From Kentucky Health News Preventing kids from falling into addiction is a major goal for Operation UNITE, a nonprofit serving 32 counties in Eastern Kentucky — a region where the average age for first drug use is 11, Laura Ungar reports for the Louisville Courier Journal. “Experts say UNITE’s approach — encompassing families, schools, and communities — is supported by research and...

CHFS names Howard Commissioner of Dept. for Public Health; announces additional changes

The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) has made the following announcement regarding key leadership positions in various departments. Dr. Howard Dr. Jeffrey Howard, M.D. is now Commissioner for the Department for Public Health (DPH). Dr. Howard has been acting Health Commissioner since November 2017. Dr. Howard attended Union College, University of Louisville School of Medicine and the...

Braidy Industries buys additional parcels at EastPark Industrial Center; breaks ground on $1.3B mill

Braidy Industries has announced that it has invested $3.4 million to acquire additional land and buildings at the EastPark Industrial Center in Ashland, just hours before the groundbreaking for its new mill. In April 2017, Braidy Industry announced its plans to build a $1.3 billion mill, which has been called a game changer, in Boyd County. The newly-acquired properties include the 12.6-acre HT Hackney...

Legislative leaders name members of a bi-partisan School Safety Working Group

Legislative leaders have named the 10 members of a bi-partisan panel on school safety. The School Safety Working Group was decided upon by House and Senate leadership, in the wake of the shooting at Marshall County High School earlier this year, in which two students were killed and 18 others injured, 14 by bullets and four others while trying to flee. 
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester...

Have tax questions? Submit to state website; applying taxes to nonprofit fitness center? Confusing

Kentucky Health News “Kentucky, which has the seventh highest rate of obesity in the U.S., will begin to tax fitness center and Weight Watchers memberships on July 1,” Chris Otts of WDRB notes in a report on the expansion of the state’s 6 percent sales tax to several services. Beaumont Y in Lexington “But is the YMCA – a nonprofit organization – required to collect the...

Bill Straub: It’s Trump, Trump and more Trump in KY, where he is in pretty high cotton, no matter what

Whither President Donald J. Trump? Well into his second year in office, Trump continues to divide the nation in a manner not seen since the late ‘60s. Polls show his job approval consistently hovers in the low 40s and Republican congressional leaders are concerned his status will result in massive losses come Election Day. But there remain some places where Trump is viewed with regard. And, despite...

Keven Moore: Avoid tragedy of driveway accidents; proceed with caution and heed these tips

One of the most horrific, unthinkable accidents that can happen to a child can take place less than a few feet from your very own front door. Run-over accidents in your driveway occur too often and are devastating to families, as 70 percent of the time, they involve another family member at the wheel. The Internet is full of tragic stories of the pain and grief. The heartbreaking part of this is...