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Heavy traffic during the coronavirus pandemic has taken its toll on Kentucky’s state nature preserves

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service When state parks closed at the start of the pandemic, many Kentuckians ventured out to local nature preserves and natural areas, and experts say the heavy traffic has taken a toll on Kentucky’s public lands. Clare Sipple recently retired, but spent 18 years managing Lower Howard’s Creek Nature and Heritage Preserve in Clark County. Over the past few...

Lexington Legends to rebrand as Kentucky Beer Cheese for three days during upcoming season

For three days this season, the Lexington Legends will rebrand themselves as the Kentucky Beer Cheese. The team’s name change will take place with specialty jerseys and hats Aug. 13 through Aug. 15. Beer cheese is a huge culinary staple in the Bluegrass state. “The Beer Cheese industry is massive and has always enjoyed having a home in Kentucky after it was birthed in Clark County,” said...

Kentucky by Heart: Phyllis Abbott on mission to help women veterans through Lady Veterans Connect

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist The mention of Trapp Elementary School, in rural Clark County, brings up fond memories for me, as well as legions of others who have experienced its magic. It’s simply a building now, no longer a place of learning for children in the community, a victim of public school consolidation as a cost-saving measure. The small school was a perfect match for me as I began...

Kentucky by Heart: Inventor of submachine gun was NKy native; finding strength in challenging times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Although not a gun enthusiast myself, I recently noticed while perusing a resource I use regularly, The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, that the inventor of the famous Thompson submachine gun was born in Newport in 1860. I was intrigued with that finding. Brigadier General John Taliaferro Thompson was his U.S. Army rank and name, and he was nicknamed “Tommy...

Plastic’s manufacturer Danimer Scientific plans for $36.2 million fermentation facility in Clark County

Danimer Scientific, a manufacturer of biodegradable and compostable plastic products, will locate a fermentation facility in Winchester with a $36.2 million investment and create 37 full-time jobs. Danimer Scientific’s leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce...

Solid Rock Children’s Ranch a reality thanks to 2016 land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services

Long-time Clark County teacher Judy Huls Singleton made a promise to her father to one day use their family farm in Winchester in a way that would benefit children. Her vision for the property will soon be a reality. Singleton’s 130-acre land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services in 2016 paved the way for the creation of the Solid Rock Children’s Ranch, whose sign was recently placed...

Winchester Republican Donna Mayfield will not seek re-election saying politics ‘too vicious’

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Rep. Donna Mayfield, who said at a candidate’s forum that politics is “too vicious,” will not seek re-election to the Kentucky House. The Secretary of State’s office said the Winchester Republican’s official paperwork to withdraw from the race was received on Monday. Rep. Donna Mayfield “Politics has become too vicious,” Mayfield was quoted as saying...

First AmbitionFest offers Clark Countians chance to share ambitions for the future

Clark County’s first AmbitionFest!, a community conference to encourage residents and community leaders to explore their ambitions for the future of Winchester and surrounding areas, will also serve to officially launch The Greater Clark Foundation on Oct. 1.   Tom Morris, Ph.D., author of True Success: A New Philosophy of Excellence and If Harry Potter Ran General Electric, will keynote...

Elaine Farris, Clark Co. superintendent, wins fourth annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award

Clark County Superintendent Elaine Farris, Ed.D. has received the fourth annual Dr. Johnnie Grissom Award (Strive for Achievement Through Instructional Equity) from the Kentucky Board of Education.   Elaine Farris is the fourth winner of the Grisson Award. (Photo from KDE) Farris was nominated by Faith Thompson, Donald Stump and Brenda Considine, all of whom are administrators in the Clark County...