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Salato Wildlife Center reopens Friday; popular family destination has two newly renovated exhibits

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort reopens on Friday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates the Salato Wildlife Center as part of its mission to educate the public about the state’s native wildlife. The facility offers viewing opportunities for a variety of wildlife, including a bear, eagle, bobcats, deer, bison, birds of prey and more. To mark the occasion...

Woodford Judge-Executive (the Bear from Nonesuch) John Coyle dies suddenly on Sunday; he was 63

John Coyle, Woodford County Judge-Executive, died suddenly Sunday afternoon. He was 63. ‘Bear’ had served as the county’s judge-executive since 2007 and had previously served as sheriff. Visitation will be Thursday, 3-8 p.m. at Blackburn & Ward Funeral Home, 161 Broadway, in Versailles and on Friday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Versailles United Methodist Church, 230 Paynes Mill Road. Funeral...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look back at a half century of wildlife management milestones in Kentucky

The Baby Boomer Generation grew up hunting small game close to home — squirrels in groves of hickory trees in August and doves in September over harvested tobacco field sown in winter wheat. Around Thanksgiving, rabbits, and maybe a covey or two of quail, were jumped up from thick weeds and brush along the borders of farm fields. Hunters who grew up in the far western counties of the state,...