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Kentucky State Parks, Kentucky Horse Park open for daytime use only to prevent spread of COVID-19

As part of an ongoing effort to ensure the health and wellness of the public as Kentucky fights aggressively to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet announced that the Kentucky Horse Park and Kentucky State Parks will be open to the public for daytime use only. Effective Friday (April 3), Kentucky State Parks and the Kentucky Horse Park will suspend all overnight reservations...

Public Protection Cabinet relocates to Mayo-Underwood state office building in Frankfort

Beginning next Tuesday (Nov. 19), the Public Protection Cabinet (PPC) will relocate to the newly constructed Mayo-Underwood state office building located at 500 Mero Street in Frankfort. The agency move will conclude on Dec. 13. Currently, the Public Protection Cabinet and its agencies deliver critical services from locations throughout Frankfort. All PPC agencies will move to the Mayo-Underwood state...

Pew Trusts: Former Kentucky mining towns embrace change, turn to tourism in wake of coal’s decline

By April Simpson Pew Charitable Trusts The same Main Street winds through the old mountain mining towns of Cumberland, Benham and Lynch, crosses a river and runs alongside a creek. The early 20th-century coal mining boom drew people to this remote corner of southeast Kentucky until coal’s dizzying decline sent them away. Today, Main Street hints at a roaring past and the potential for change. Poor...

New Frankfort office building awaits name and move-in dates but occupants have been named

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The name for the new state office building nearing completion in Frankfort has not been chosen, but most of the agencies that will occupy it have been revealed. 
A letter sent to Gov. Matt Bevin earlier this month by Finance and Administration Cabinet Secretary William Landrum said while move-in dates have not been announced, the agencies and the number of employees have...

Entries now accepted for exhibit program ‘Reveal’ at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program “Reveal” at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. “Reveal” will showcase one selected artist in the Center’s lobby March 16–June 16, 2019. Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists. The...

Public event celebrates Lexington’s Pope Villa listing on National Register of Historic Places

A rare surviving example of the work of early American architect Benjamin Henry Latrobe has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the National Park Service (NPS) has announced. Pope Villa in Lexington was individually listed for its national significance to architecture, interpreted “for its information potential with respect to the interaction of architects and builders in the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Ideal habitat conditions should make for a productive dove season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward For the middle of August, much of Kentucky looks as green as late May. Corn is high and robust, pastures are green and streams run bank full. The lush conditions should translate into productive hunting when the dove season opens Sept. 1. “Sunflowers look great overall,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Time to scout and develop a game plan as spring turkey season approaches

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward The landscape awakens almost spontaneously from its winter slumber. Winter flocks break up into smaller groups. Innumerable turkey calls and lifelike decoys reappear at sporting goods retailers. Turkey hunters interpret these occurrences as signs that it will not be long before they are easing into their spots before dawn, filled with anticipation. In Kentucky, hunters...

Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Resources Commissioner Gregory Johnson announces retirement

Gregory K. Johnson, Commissioner of Kentucky’s Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, announced his retirement today at the Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting after nearly four decades of public service in natural resources, wildlife management, and agriculture. Gregory K. Johnson “I’m thankful for the opportunity to have led Kentucky’s outdoor community with a sportsmen-centric philosophy...

State artists invited to submit two-dimensional entries for Kentucky Artisan Center exhibit Reveal

Kentucky artists who work in large two-dimensional formats are invited to submit entries for the exhibit program Reveal at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea. Reveal will showcase one selected artist in the Center’s lobby from Jan. 13-April 30, 2018. Reveal exhibits are a regular part of the center’s exhibition schedule through an annual statewide call-to-artists. The center’s Reveal...

Churchill, Keenland form ‘historic partnership’ to build two new racing facilities in Corbin, Oak Grove

Churchill Downs Incorporated (NASDAQ: CHDN) (“CDI”) and Keeneland Association, Inc. (“Keeneland”) announced today an historic partnership to propose the construction of two new state-of-the-art racing facilities. One will be in southeastern Kentucky in Corbin (Knox County), and the second will be in southwestern Kentucky in Oak Grove (Christian County). The proposed facilities will feature...

Bevin names four to proprietary education panel; Minority Craftsman Training Board reorganized

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Lucinda Pease, Dr. Jonah Mitchell, David William Floyd, and Gerria Berryman have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. Pease, of Hillsboro, is an administrative coordinator for the Kentucky Welding Institute. She will represent privately owned for-profit post-secondary technical schools...

Officials mark reopening of newly renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park

State and local officals Wednesday held a ribbon cutting to celebrate the renovated May Lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park, which is now open. A fire in March, 2016, forced officials to close the main lodge building, which included the park restaurant and lounge. The lodge rooms remained open during repairs and the restaurant moved to the conference center. “We are grateful that no one was hurt...

Travel spending in Fayette County rose to record level of $2 billion in 2016, report says

A new state survey showed that total travel spending in 2016 rose to record levels again in Fayette County. Statewide data was released by the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet in conjunction with National Tourism Week May 7-13. VisitLEX encourages locals to get out and explore the area each year during National Tourism Week and throughout the entire month of May. For ideas and inspiration,...

Kentucky tourism industry generated $14.5 billion in 2016; impact increase in all nine regions

The economic impact of tourism in Kentucky was more than $14.5 billion in 2016, the Kentucky Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet and the Department of Tourism announced Monday. Kentucky’s tourism industry experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth rate since 2005. All nine of the state’s tourism regions registered gains again in 2016. “On the heels of the recent momentous success...

Join a few thousand of your friends at Saturday’s annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in Frankfort

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FRANKFORT – Memories are waiting to be made with a few thousand friends at the annual Governor’s Derby Celebration in downtown Frankfort on Saturday. “Glenna and I hope to see you there,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. The family-friendly event has a long, festive tradition beginning on the first Saturday in May way back in 1935 when then-Gov. A. B. “Happy” Chandler...

Applications for latest review session for new Kentucky artists deadline is April 30

Three times a year the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea holds review sessions to consider works and products by Kentucky artisans who are not juried members of the Kentucky Arts Council programs or the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen. Applications for the next review session are due April 30. Application categories are: * Visual Arts (crafts, and two-dimensional art) * Books *...

Kentucky Horse Park kicks off celebration of the life of Man o’ War on 100th anniversary of birth

The Kentucky Horse Park, along with state and local officials, Wednesday launched a season-long celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, who was foaled on March 29, 1917. Man o’ War went on to become one of the foremost racehorses of all time, as well as one of the most famous Kentuckians. The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, will honor the...

Kentucky Visitor’s Guide for 2017 features state map with path of Great American Solar Eclipse

The Kentucky Department of Tourism has announced the release of the 2017 Official Kentucky Visitor’s Guide. The guide features a state map with the path of the upcoming Great American Solar Eclipse highlighted. The 146-page guide has comprehensive information about attractions, lodging, dining, shopping, and entertainment and recreation options in nine regions for visitors to the Bluegrass State. “The...

Kentucky Artisan Center calls for entries for special exhibit celebrating state’s 225th anniversary

In 2017 Kentucky celebrates the 225th Anniversary of becoming a state and the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea honors that history with the exhibit 225: Artists Celebrate Kentucky’s History. This new exhibit will be March 25-Sept. 23, 2017, in the center’s main gallery and will feature both two and three dimensional works that record, capture, embrace and celebrate a facet or subject from Kentucky’s...