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Sports Marketing guru Jim Host writes about ‘Changing the Game,’ the story of his life, career

By Zach Klemme The Daily Independent/Kentucky Today Jim Host recently moved. The Ashland native and his wife, Pat, are both in their 80s, and they “downsized dramatically” to a house in Lexington which better fits their ability to take care of it, Host said. In that process, going through old files, Host came across an old newspaper article from the 1950s or ‘60s detailing the passage of the...

Henry Clay Memorial Foundation, Ky. Hemp Heritage Alliance to host annual Hemp Social Thursday

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance is hosting its fourth annual Hemp fundraising event on Thursday evening. Henry Clay’s Hemp Social is presented by Kentucky Hemp Works and will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate in Lexington. Guests will enjoy a first-of-its-kind hemp-infused social soiree featuring a...

Ashland enjoys connection with Cincinnati Reds broadcasting great Marty Brennaman

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today For the last dozen years of Marty Brennaman’s broadcasting career with the Cincinnati Reds, those of us living in Ashland were blessed with a unique view. That’s because Marty’s girlfriend and later wife, Amanda Ingram Brennaman, shared him with us. Amanda is an Ashland girl and her parents and sister are still here. Her family was with the rest during the celebration...

AK Steel gives final notice to 260 employees at Ashland Works plant of plans to close Jan. 29

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today A proud chapter of manufacturing history in northeastern Kentucky is coming to an end. AK Steel has sent out final notices to employees of the closure of its Ashland Works plant on Tuesday. It will affect some 260 employees. The closure comes as no surprise. AK Steel announced on Jan. 28, 2019 that the plant would be permanently shuttered by the end of 2019. Renee S....

Kentucky little league slugger Cash Compliment to swing for Home Run Derby championship Saturday

Don Ashby pitches to Cash Compliment in the batting cage on Wednesday. Ashby was Compliment’s Little League coach. (Photo by Mark Maynard, Kentucky Today) By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today When the cap popped off the top of his son’s bat two days before he was going to Atlanta to participate in a Little League Home Run Derby competition, a cold sweat came over Mike Compliment. “I was panicking,”...

New Jesse Stuart junior book ‘Bluetick Pig’ is first published in 48 Years; available now

The Jesse Stuart Foundation in Ashland, Kentucky is pleased to announce the publication of a new, never-before published junior book by Jesse Stuart. Bluetick Pigis the story of a small runt pig, Bluetick, who is adopted and raised by young Sarah Powell.  Bluetick and the Powell family share many fun adventures as Bluetick grows into a fine hog, but one with an uncertain future. Between 1953 and...

Retired Ashland cardiologist sentenced to five years in prison for doing unnecessary heart operations

A retired Ashland cardiologist has been sentenced to five years in prison and ordered to pay $1.1 million in restitution after being convicted two and a half years ago of doing hundreds of unnecessary heart operations. Dr. Richard E. Paulus, 71, who practiced at King’s Daughters Medical Center, “billed more to Medicare for certain heart procedures than any cardiologist in the country from 2006...

AK Steel announces plans to shutter remaining operations at Ashland Works by end of 2019

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today The news that AK Steel was closing the Ashland Works by the end of 2019 was like a punch in the gut to Ashland Mayor Steve Gilmore. “Armco (the former name of the steel plant) raised me,” he said. “I have very strong feelings about it. Being the mayor, losing that many jobs in a small town, is very difficult. We’ll have to regroup. We’ve been a survivor of a...

Ashland’s Heather Hughes wins big on Wheel of Fortune; it was a dream come true

Kentucky Today An Ashland woman realized a lifelong dream by spinning the wheel on the Wheel of Fortune and she came home much wealthier from the experience. Heather Hughes, who attended a wheel-mobile raffle in Charleston, W.Va., for audition purposes, was selected for the show and took home $67,700. Her appearance aired Monday night. Heather Hughes (Wheel of Fortune photo) “It was amazing, this...

Industrial Project Innovation LLC chosen to manage construction of Braidy Atlas aluminum rolling mill

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Another step has been taken toward the Braidy Atlas LLC $1.6 billion state-of-the-art aluminum rolling mill becoming a reality. Industrial Project Innovation, LLC, will serve as construction manager for the Braidy Atlas LLC mill in Ashland, the company announced Monday. Working as part of Braidy Industries’ management team, IPI’s role will include program...

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate to hold annual ‘Jazz on the Lawn’ concert on Sept. 2

Ashland, The Henry Clay Estate invites you to its annual Jazz on the Lawn concert on Sept. 2 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. The concert takes place on the back lawn of the mansion and is free. The public is encouraged to bring their lawn chairs or blankets, and picnics are welcome. The Sponsor is Hilliard Lyons, with additional support by Lexington Lodge No. 1, Republic Bank, Becky Reinhold at Bluegrass Sotheby’s...

Henry Clay Foundation, Hemp Heritage Alliance to host third annual Hemp Dinner at Ashland Aug. 28

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation in partnership with the Kentucky Hemp Heritage Alliance will present the third annual Hemp Dinner from 5:30-7:30 p.m. August 28. Guests will enjoy gourmet al fresco dining under the Ashland lawn tent, featuring a hemp-infused meal prepared by Chef Jeremy Ashby (Azur Restaurant).  Industry leaders will highlight the progress of present-day Kentucky hemp production...

Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder forum in Ashland rescheduled; additional forum dates announced

A Kentucky HEALTH stakeholder advisory forum originally slated for Thursday, July 12 in Ashland is being rescheduled. The date, place and time of the Ashland forum will be announced later, according to program staff from the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS). Please continue to check the program’s website, kentuckyhealth.ky.gov for updates about upcoming stakeholder forums and other information...

Greater Ashland Tennis Association announces US Open Wild Card Challenge involvement

The eyes of the tennis world will focus on Ashland, Kentucky on July 22-29 during the BRAIDY INDUSTRIES $60,000 USTA PRO CIRCUIT WOMEN’S TENNIS CLASSIC. Tournament chairman Dr. Jack Ditty has announced that this year’s tournament will take part in the US Open Wild Card Challenge and will be live streamed on the internet. The Ashland, KY tournament will be one of three tournaments which will decide...

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...

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...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

Highlanders HeroCon returns to Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland April 7

Highlands Museum and Discovery Center in Ashland welcomes back Highlanders HeroCon2018 on Saturday, April 7th from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The one-day conference features an all ages event celebrating comic books, costumes, and gaming of all varieties (table top games, board games, role playing, and video gaming), including tournaments for prizes and a costume contest at the end of the day. A variety of...

KY PSC decision reduces total burden on Kentucky Power Co. residential ratepayers through 2018

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has trimmed by about four-fifths of a base rate increase sought by Kentucky Power Co., and has substantially scaled back the company’s demand-side management (DSM) programs and the customer surcharges that pay for those programs. The net effect of the two orders issued Thursday will be that residential customers using the same amount of electricity will...

Henry Clay Memorial Foundation presents third annual “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland” Dec. 2

The Henry Clay Memorial Foundation proudly continues the annual tradition “A Kentucky Christmas at Ashland.” The grounds around the Mansion, the Smokehouse and the Keeper’s Cottage will be transformed into an outdoor village-like market place featuring Kentucky Proud products and the handiwork of Kentucky’s finest artisans. “This year we have over 30 vendors for the Christmas...