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NKU history students partnering with five Kentucky counties to research history of bourbon journey

Northern Kentucky University history students are working with five Kentucky counties to research the history of the Commonwealth’s original bourbon journey.  In his book, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, acclaimed author Fred Minnick noted that given “all the facts we have, Jacob Spears is bourbon’s most probable creator.” Spears, whose distillery was located...

Unemployment rates drop in 90 Kentucky counties during past year; Woodford best at 3 percent

Unemployment rates fell in 90 Kentucky counties between September 2017 and September 2018, rose in 23, and stayed the same in seven counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3 percent. It was followed by Campbell County, 3.1 percent; Boone,...

Kentucky by Heart: When communing with nature, sometimes a freight train really is just a freight train

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Several years back, Bill Bryson authored a book called A Walk in the Woods. In it, he gave the reader a humorous look at him and his friend’s not-ready-for-prime-time attempt to hike a significant section of America’s challenging 2,200-mile Appalachian Trail. Fatigue, the elements, and simply being away from home comforts combined to bring extreme irritability...

Jury finds Shayna Hubers guilty of murder in death of Ryan Poston, sentencing recommendation today

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor It took a Campbell County jury less than five hours to convict Shayna Hubers of murder Tuesday in the October, 2012 killing of attorney Ryan Poston in his Highland Heights apartment. A mugshot photo of Hubers (file photo). The two-week trial included defense claims of physical and mental abuse, testimony about Hubers’ failure to achieve orgasm and a claim...

Jason Kilmer: Kentuckians deserve a new majority in Frankfort to embrace opportunities for the state

Viewing the dysfunctional proceedings of the recent session of the Kentucky General Assembly, I believe Kentucky deserves better. Kentucky needs to get serious about the relationship between education and state revenues. A University of Kentucky study shows the relationship between educational attainment and increased tax revenue. This study shows even the modest change of increasing Associate’s...

NKY Health Department launches hepatitis A prevention plan in wake of state’s declared outbreak

The Northern Kentucky Health Department (NKY Health) has initiated efforts to prevent the statewide spread of Hepatitis A from expanding to the region. Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by a virus. Dr. Saddler When infected, the liver becomes inflamed or damaged and does not work properly. Although rare, death can occur from this infection. The Kentucky Department for Public...

KYTC presents recommended six-year highway plan; calls for $1B for bridge, pavement repair

The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) Wednesday presented the 2018 Recommended Highway Plan for the next six years that includes a record $1 billion in funding to repair bridges and pavements in the FY 2018-FY 2020 biennium. “This is an unprecedented year for the proposed Highway Plan. The balanced Plan identifies projects that we are currently able to fund and offers a list of additional priority...

Kentucky by Heart: Life-defining roles of student and teacher a matter for both joy and excitement

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist When schools go back in session for another year, as they are now, it always triggers memories for me. That includes for both my life as a student in grades one through twelve, plus as a full-time classroom teacher for 28 years. I can still see myself on my first day of school during the last part of August, 1959. I would be attending Grant’s Lick Elementary School,...

Idea is now reality for bioLOGIC, a one-stop
shop for work that impacts human health

Life sciences 'incubator' bioLOGIC houses 14 companies. (Photo provided)   By Feoshia H. Davis KyForward correspondent   An idea that Northern Kentucky would be the right place for a life sciences incubator – a one-stop shop for research and development with far-reaching human health impacts – has proven to be right. In just five years since BioLOGIC moved to a large building on Russell...

Rick Robinson: Calling all revolutionaries – it's time for N. Ky. to stand up and be counted

I’ve joined the secessionist movement.   Before you start penning that special hate-email calling me names previously reserved only for Duke fans, please understand I’m not one of those wing-nuts calling on all the anti-Obama “Red States” to break away from the Union. Those folks are just plain crazy.   I am advocating a much more sane movement whereby Boone, Kenton and Campbell...