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Kentucky crafted beers infused with Kentucky Proud products on tap for Oct. 28 release in annual series

Crafting Kentucky Proud beers with Kentucky agricultural products is the focus of this year’s Kentucky Proud Beer Series, Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles has announced. Now in its fifth year, the beer series combines the best of what Kentucky has to offer from its breweries with its farms. “Every October, Kentucky’s craft brewers use locally grown products to brew one-of-a-kind beers...

A Kentucky example shows how CDC’s slow, cautious approach to pandemic contributed to spread

A bombshell USA Today package details how the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention failed to effectively respond to the growing pandemic, adding to its spread across the United States — especially in small towns and rural areas. “Reporters reviewed 42,000 pages of emails and memos obtained from health departments and interviewed more than 100 community leaders and public health experts,...

Toyota helped Bullard, a family-owned manufacturer in Cynthia, step up PPE production to save lives

Producing high-quality personal protective equipment (PPE) is a point of pride and passion to the team at Bullard – a fifth-generation, family-owned safety equipment manufacturer located in Cynthiana. Now, in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic – it’s downright personal. From team leader and cancer survivor Danny Barnett whose daughter has lung issues to 33-year employee Brenda Hall whose daughter...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: James Henshall moves to Cincinnati where Black Bass odyssey began

Editor’s note: This is the second of three articles on the life and work of the father of bass fishing in America. In 1852, after James A. Henshall finished high school, his family moved to Cincinnati, where his medical career and black bass odyssey began. Henshall entered medical school in 1855, and received a degree of Medicinae Doctor in May 1859. He practiced medicine for decades, into the...

Winners of ‘Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow’ KDA Poster and Essay Contest announced

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Dr. Ryan Quarles announced the winners of the Kentucky Department of Agriculture’s annual Poster and Essay Contest. The theme of the 2020 contest was “Kentucky Farmers: Ready, Set, Grow.” “Congratulations to each of these winners, who so vividly depicted in art and writing how our farmers all across the state are helping to grow the safest, most abundant food...

Clinicians suspected Kentucky’s first case of coronavirus, but patient didn’t qualify for testing

Crystal Miller, head of the health department serving Harrison County, at a press conference Saturday. Others, L to R: Gov. Andy Beshear; Health Commissioner Steven Stack; Harrison County Judge-Executive Alex Barnett; Cynthiana Mayor James Smith; and Mark Newman, head of UK HealthCare. (Photo from KHN) By Melissa Patrick and Al Cross Kentucky Health News Kentucky found its first case of the new coronavirus,...

KentuckyWired begins connecting government offices to Ring 1A in northern section of state

KentuckyWired, the state-run project constructing high-speed fiber optic infrastructure to every Kentucky county, has begun connecting government offices in the northern section of the state known as Ring 1A. The Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) office in Owenton was the first site to transition over to KentuckyWired on Dec. 5. Now, after extensive testing to ensure network connections...

Kentucky’s growing hemp industry to get new storage, testing facility in Cynthiana later this year

A leader in Kentucky’s burgeoning hemp industry is making plans to open a hemp growers’ service center near Cynthiana later this year. Brian Furnish, an eighth-generation tobacco farmer turned hemp grower believes hemp as a farm commodity is ready for an independent storage and marketing facility similar to those long used in the livestock, tobacco and grain industries. “Right now, hemp producers...

Cynthiana’s E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions plans $6.8 million expansion, to create 100 new jobs

E-Z Pack Refuse Hauling Solutions LLC, a manufacturer of commercial truck bodies, will invest more than $6.85 million and create 100 jobs with an expansion at its Harrison County facility. E-Z Pack’s parent company, Commercial Specialty Truck Holdings LLC (CSTH), is negotiating to purchase the 350,000-square-foot facility where it has operated the past dozen years, as the company currently leases...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Harrison County’s Gracie Furnish named eastern region vice president of National FFA

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles congratulated Gracie Furnish of Harrison County on her election as Eastern Region vice president at the National FFA Convention last week in Indianapolis. “Gracie is one of six officers who will lead FFA at the national level,” Commissioner Quarles said. “As an FFA kid myself, I know being elected a national FFA officer is a high honor that very few members...

Kentucky by Heart: Harrison County’s friendly Cynthiana has always been a community of interest

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I figure I’ve passed through the town of Cynthiana, Kentucky, in Harrison County, a couple of thousand times in my life. For all the years attending college at Eastern, in Richmond, I drove back and forth on Highway 27 through the town. I also drove the same highway to my parents in northern Kentucky from homes in Winchester and Lexington for nearly four decades. Additionally,...

Kentucky by Heart: Harrison County’s friendly Cynthiana has alway been a community of interest

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I figure I’ve passed through the town of Cynthiana, Kentucky, in Harrison County, a couple of thousand times in my life. For all the years attending college at Eastern, in Richmond, I drove back and forth on Highway 27 through the town. I also drove the same highway to my parents in northern Kentucky from homes in Winchester and Lexington for nearly four decades. Additionally,...

Cynthiana Mayor James Smith: Commitment to his community is evident in both words and deeds

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward Webber Davis and Jim Swinford had a lot to do with how Cynthiana Mayor James Smith lives his life. Davis was Harrison County Sheriff in the seventies and claimed Smith as his grandson. “He knew everybody, therefore everybody knew me. I was never able to get away with anything, which was a good thing,” Smith says. “Small towns are still that way.” Swinford...

With a different ball on a different court, Chris Turley plays it forward in a big way

Chris Turley, a beneficiary of the Career Track program, went on to become director of the program, a part of Bluegrass Area Development District. He recently was named director of BGADD’s Workforce Services.   By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward   It was a simple setup on a college campus sidewalk: a single table, a single man named Tony Mattingly, a single program called...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Licking River’s South Fork makes for historic outdoor fun

The South Fork of Licking River provides scenic fall paddling combined with good fishing for smallmouth bass and rock bass. Two floats on the river give paddlers an intimate sense of both the Inner and Outer Bluegrass regions of Kentucky. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   The pioneers settling along the verdant South Fork of Licking River in what is now Harrison...