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Rudy family wins Murray State Hutson School of Agriculture’s Andy Buhler Spotlight Alumni Award

The Murray State University Hutson School of Agriculture recognized the Rudy family of Rudy’s Farm Center in Ballard County as the recipients of the fourth annual Andy Buhler Spotlight Award during Homecoming 2019. The new award was launched three years ago as a way for the Hutson School of Agriculture to recognize graduates and supporters whose accomplishments deserve a personal and professional...

Phoenix Paper plans $200 million recycling facility at Ballard Co. Mill just one year after purchasing facility

Phoenix Paper LLC announced last week plans to invest $200 million to build a paper recycling facility on the grounds of the Wickliffe mill it purchased only a year ago. Company leaders plan to use the existing site to build a paper-and-pulp recycling facility. With an estimated 700,000-ton annual capacity, the new facility will receive post-consumer cardboard and mixed paper from various regional...

Ballard County hemp processor AerosourceH plans $2.8 million expansion after first year in business

As Kentucky’s hemp industry forges ahead, industrial hemp processor AerosourceH LLC has announced a $2.8-million expansion at the company’s Ballard County facility, a move expected to create 14 full-time jobs. The company, which produces cannabidiol (CBD) isolate and water-soluble nano emulsified CBD for the wholesale market, held an open house today to introduce itself to the community and celebrate...

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...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Colds temperatures mean optimistic outlook for upcoming waterfowl season

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward The first snippets of snow fell last week, making most people frown, but put a smile on the faces of Kentucky waterfowl hunters. The cold weather the week before the waterfowl season opener on Thanksgiving Day is a good sign. “Waterfowl hunting in Kentucky is nearly 100 percent weather dependent,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky Department...