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New documentary series takes in-depth look at Kentucky’s role in leading the Hemp comeback

From salves and CBD to food and fiber, hemp is making a comeback in the United States as a major cash commodity — and Kentucky is leading the way. “I think that there’s a lot of interest in what Kentucky is doing for CBD and hemp because it’s such a beautiful drop-in replacement for tobacco farmers,” said Chad Rosen, Founder and CEO of Victory Hemp Foods, based out of Carrollton. “Not...

Kentucky by Heart: Former slave, Ky. native Wheeling Gaunt defied the odds with an unrelenting work ethic

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Though making no claims of being a bona fide Kentucky historian, I enjoy researching and discovering people from the state’s past that aren’t particularly well-known, yet have inspirational stories that cry out to be shared. I recently came across an account of Wheeling Gaunt, a man born in 1813 into abject poverty in Carrollton. He was termed, at the time,...

Action of Kentucky units in 138th Field Artillery to be remembered at Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 29

The action of Bardstown and other Kentucky National Guard members at Firebase Tomahawk in Vietnam 50 years ago will be a highlight of the Vietnam Veterans Day/Vietnam Commemoration event at the State Capitol on March 29. After Gov. Matt Bevin delivers the keynote address, BG Thomas R. Ice, who served with the Second Battalion, 138th Field Artillery in Vietnam, will address the importance of the deployment...

Life after the Carrollton crash: It goes on, but now-Principal Jason Booher has a purpose and motivation

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Jason Booher’s life has a definitive marker:  There were the 13 years before May 14, 1988 and the 30 years after. 
That’s the day a fiery church bus crash claimed 27 lives, including that of his best friend since first grade, on a rural stretch of interstate near the Ohio River town of Carrollton.  

Booher survived that crash and went on to become a career...

Bill Straub: Take Carrollton KY, a good, safe place to live (as it should be) but diverse with ‘darker’ people

Some years back, at least a quarter-century ago when the burley economy was still thriving, I spent a couple days in Carrollton to research an article on migrant labor. I recall driving toward the Ohio River at the northern edge of town one evening when I happened upon a grocery store, and not just any grocery store. It was painted in red and green and the signs out front were all in Spanish. In this...

NKITA members hear about Japan’s influence on state’s auto industry, take a few laps, at KY Speedway

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune At the May meeting of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), Toshio Nakao told a story that illustrated the difference between American and Japanese ideas of justice. Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, talks with attendees at the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association meeting at the Speedway on...

Kentucky State Parks offering Valentine’s weekend packages in February at locations across state

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at a Kentucky State Park this year with your special someone! Many parks are offering events and weekend packages in February to help celebrate Valentine’s Day. The packages include overnight stays, meals and entertainment. Kentucky State Resort Parks have lodges, restaurants and recreational opportunities. Kentucky Dam Village State Resort Park in Calvert City is offering...

Trouble Behind Bars: Could they have saved Derrick Rose? ‘Absolutely,’ his family says

Family members don’t think Derrick Rose really wanted to die, but rather that he was frustrated over being in jail again and was crying out for help. (Photo by Tyler Franklin/KyCIR)   Third in a series   By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting   WILLIAMSTOWN — Derrick Rose spent a fair amount of his adult life in the back of police cruisers, in criminal courtrooms...