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Bevin names four to proprietary education panel; Minority Craftsman Training Board reorganized

Gov. Matt Bevin made the following appointments to Kentucky Boards and Commissions: Lucinda Pease, Dr. Jonah Mitchell, David William Floyd, and Gerria Berryman have been appointed to the Kentucky Commission on Proprietary Education. Pease, of Hillsboro, is an administrative coordinator for the Kentucky Welding Institute. She will represent privately owned for-profit post-secondary technical schools...

Kentucky Horse Park kicks off celebration of the life of Man o’ War on 100th anniversary of birth

The Kentucky Horse Park, along with state and local officials, Wednesday launched a season-long celebration honoring the 100th birthday of Thoroughbred legend, Man o’ War, who was foaled on March 29, 1917. Man o’ War went on to become one of the foremost racehorses of all time, as well as one of the most famous Kentuckians. The Man o’ War Celebration, presented by Windstream, will honor the...

Historic trail highlights areas in Kentucky important to story of Abraham Lincoln

In honor of the anniversary of the birthday of President Abraham Lincoln on Feb. 12, the Kentucky Department of Tourism is promoting a tri-state Lincoln trail and website. The trail highlights important areas in Kentucky, Indiana and Illinois significant to the Lincoln story. The Tri-state Lincoln trail was first established in the 1970s by a commission and revived in 2009 for the observance of the...

Lydia Bailey Brown approved as new Kentucky Arts Council Executive Director

Lydia Bailey Brown will serve as the Executive Director of the Kentucky Arts Council. Bailey Brown was nominated by Don Parkinson, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary, and approved today by the Kentucky Arts Council Board. “We believe that Lydia Bailey Brown’s unique background in business development, arts education and cultural destination consulting will be an asset to this important...

Bevin restructures Kentucky Arts Council, names 11 new members

Gov. Matt Bevin appointed 11 new members to the Kentucky Arts Council and a reorganized structure that reflects the growing importance of the Kentucky Arts Council in commerce, tourism and the entertainment industry. The reorganization of the Kentucky Arts Council reduces the size of the board from 16 to 15 members, with at least one member representing each of the following areas: education, economic...

Fire at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park forces lodge to close temporarily, no injuries reported

Late Tuesday night a fire erupted at the lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park. There were no injuries reported. Fire department officials say the blaze at Jenny Willey was a result of an electrical panel, and it has rendered the lodge temporarily closed as repairs are being made. The lodge at Jenny Wiley State Resort Park in Floyd County will be closed for a few days following a fire (Photo Provided) The...

Finley named new executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center replacing longtime leader Faoro

Todd Finley is the new executive director of the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson announced Monday. Finley, of London, replaces Victoria Faoro, who is retiring after 15 years as the first director of the center. “Victoria Faoro has done an excellent job making the Artisan Center into a well-known location for all things Kentucky,” Parkinson said....

Agriculture marketing director Branscum takes over as commissioner of Travel and Tourism Department

The new commissioner of the Department of Travel and Tourism is Kristen Branscum, Tourism, Arts and Heritage Secretary Don Parkinson announced Wednesday. Branscum, a native of Russell Springs, most recently served as the head of marketing for the Kentucky Department of Agriculture since 2012. “Kristen Branscum’s extensive marketing experience and knowledge of Kentucky will be a great benefit for...