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International Farmaceutical Extracts announces CBD oil production facility to locate in Danville

International Farmaceutical Extracts LLC (IFE), which specializes in CBD oil extraction and distillation, announces Tuesday its plans for a $6 million-plus manufacturing plant in Boyle County that would create up to 34 full-time jobs over a 10-year period. IFE plans to buy an 11,750-square-foot facility on Roy Arnold Blvd. in Danville to house the manufacturing operation. The company will use its...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

Kentucky Court of Appeals upholds ruling that National College violated Consumer Protection Act

Attorney General Andy Beshear announced Monday that the Kentucky Court of Appeals upheld a Fayette Circuit Court’s finding that American National University, formerly known as National College of Kentucky, willfully violated the Kentucky Consumer Protection Act. Beshear said National broke state law when it published deceptive advertisements on its website regarding the employment success of its...

Danville Arts Center announces statewide juried exhibition, State of Kentucky Photography

The Community Arts Center in Danville, Kentucky has announced a Call to Artists for a new, juried photography exhibition: State of Kentucky, which will debut at the Community Arts Center in April. In the exhibit prospectus, Creative Director Brandon Long explains that the show is meant to represent the ‘state’ of Kentucky, both in terms of place and state of being. To be eligible for this exhibition,...

Three Kentucky cities awarded AARP grants to create age-friendly infrastructure in their communities

By Mary Kuhlman Public News Service Three Kentucky cities are seeing their ideas to improve livability come to fruition. Danville, Louisville and Lexington were awarded more than $25,000 combined in grants from the 2018 AARP Community Challenge Grant program. The money was to be used on quick action projects, which Rita Morrow, a volunteer with AARP Kentucky, explains are part of the organization’s...

Nine Kentucky Certified Local Government communities awarded historic preservation grants

Nine grants that will generate investment of nearly $100,000 in historic preservation-related projects have been awarded to seven Certified Local Government (CLG) communities for fiscal year 2018-19 by the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic Preservation Office (KHC). The annual grants are part of a pass-through allocated from the federal Historic Preservation Fund (HPF) for state preservation...

UK/NFL football star Jacob Tamme taking his MBA to family farm in Boyle County, building cattle operation

After spending nine seasons in Indianapolis, Denver and Atlanta as a tight end in the National Football League (NFL), former University of Kentucky football star Jacob Tamme decided to take on a new challenge — building and running a farm on his family’s land in Boyle County. But it’s not just any farm. He and his wife, Allison Tamme, are building a registered Angus cattle operation from the...

Bluegrass Community and Technical College to offer both eight and 12 week sessions this semester

Prospective students who missed the first fall enrollment start date or who would like to complete a college class in a shorter time may now enroll in eight-week sessions or 12-week sessions at Bluegrass Community and Technical College. The 12-week session begins Sept. 10, and the eight-week session begins Oct. 12. BCTC offers a wide variety of majors that prepare students for high-wage, high-demand...

Kentucky Main Street Fall meeting begins Tuesday, will showcase Central Kentucky Communities

Kentucky Main Street Program (KYMS) directors from across the state will network with their colleagues, and peers from the Wyoming Main Street Program, during a four-day meeting this week in central Kentucky. The meeting will showcase the “crossroads communities” of Bardstown, Campbellsville, Danville, Harrodsburg, Perryville and Springfield, so-named for their strategic location between major...

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...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentuckians share their thoughts on what makes their college that ‘special’ school

Note: Following is the second of a two-part article about individuals sharing comments about their “special college” in Kentucky. When the topic of special colleges in Kentucky is brought up, Erika Mahlbacher offers her Danville alma mater, Centre College, as a shining example. Erika Mahlbacher She loved the enthusiasm of her teachers. “My dreaded history class requirement turned out to be one...

Meggitt Aircraft Braking Systems says Danville perfect for a ‘Supersite,’ partners with BCTC, BGADD

When you think of Danville, high-tech aeronautics may not the first thing to come to mind. This beautiful small town with its antique stores and craft boutiques lining the streets. Boyle County has a booming manufacturing industry nestled among the picturesque rolling hills. Several industries are located in this small region, including a top manufacturer for aircraft brakes, Meggitt Aircraft Braking...

Thousands of re-enactors expected for national event commemorating Battle of Perryville Oct. 8-9

The commemoration of the Battle of Perryville, designated this year as the national Civil War re-enactment, is the weekend of Oct. 8-9, 2016. The Battle of Perryville was the largest Civil War battle in Kentucky and left more than 7,500 casualties. Serving as a national re-enactment, Perryville Battlefield State Historic Site is expecting up to 4,000 re-enactors. Unlike other re-enactments, the Perryville...

Boyle County experiences increase of $3.6 million in tourism spending, revenues up 4.3 percent

Boyle County saw an increase of $3.6 million in tourism expenditures in 2015, an increase of 4.3 percent, according to the Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership. The region also experienced record growth with an increase in expenditures topping 4.9 percent. Further, the Danville Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau saw its best year to date in 2015 bringing in over $175,000...

Danville earns its highest ranking among the top performing micropolitans for economic development

The Danville Micropolitan Area is once again being recognized for its economic development success. The Danville Micropolitan Area was named by SITE Selection magazine as one of the top-performing micropolitan areas in the country for new and expanded business and industry projects in 2015. The Danville Micropolitan Area, which includes Boyle and Lincoln counties, earned its highest ranking in the...

Bluegrass & Backroads: The Great American Brass Band Festival one of the state’s best

Travel to Danville Kentucky to one of the state’s best festivals. Tune up your horn as we drop in on the Great American Brass Band Festival. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not the least of which is horse racing, bourbon, bluegrass music and barbecue. But, as natives Bob Shrader and Matt Hilton remind us each week, there’s so much more to the...

Boyle County Judge-Executive Harold McKinney: Endearing humor, serious focus on long-term issues

By Kristy Robinson Horine Special to KyForward This is one of a series on the region’s Judge-Executives Harold McKinney strolls down the brick walkway that laces through Constitution Square Historic Site in the heart of Danville. He walks past the town’s original post office. It is known as the first post office built west of the Allegheny Mountains. He glances at the replica of the original...

What makes Danville special? Keeps small-town character, attracts national attention

Main Street in Downtown Danville (Photo By Elizabeth Adams.)   By Elizabeth Adams KyForward reporter   A street-filling brass band festival, two vice presidential debates and a collection of preserved historical sites dating before the Civil War are just a few reasons Kentucky’s Danville has become an internationally known small town.   With a population of 16,000, the seat of...

Judy Clabes: Danville rolls out red carpet
for tour of available space downtown

Main Street in Danville. (Photo by Judy Clabes.)   Danville – the “It’s better here” community – held a walking tour and open house of empty and available properties in its historic downtown Thursday. And, in spite of a drizzling rain, a lot of folks showed up to take a look.   The walking tour was the brainchild of Bethany Rogers, new executive director of the Heart of Danville...

Kaintuckeean: Danville’s Willis Green House a true treasure in Kentucky’s rich history

Willis Green House – Danville (Photo from The Blue Grass Trust)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   On a 2.5-acre plot of land in Danville sits a house steeped in Kentucky history. It is owned by a consortium of preservation-minded groups who purchased the property at auction earlier this year in order to save this important part of history. With preservation easements...