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Nine designated Certified Local Government communities earn historic preservation grants

Twelve projects in nine designated Certified Local Government (CLG) communities have been awarded matching grants for FY 2019-20, for activities ranging from exploring the role of public art in historic districts to creating an outdoor educational exhibit highlighting commercial properties and the people and businesses associated with their history. Grants totaling $76,811 went to Bardstown, Bellevue,...

35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute set for July 19; deadline for registration is July 12

The 35th annual Kentucky Archives Institute is scheduled for July 19 at the Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives (KDLA) on 300 Coffee Tree Road in Frankfort. The deadline for registration is July 12. The Kentucky Archives Institute, sponsored by the Friends of Kentucky Public Archives Inc. and KDLA, provides information for scholars, archivists, librarians, general researchers and genealogists...

After record rainfall in 2018, most Kentucky cities nearing new milestones for 2019 precipitation

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Several Kentucky cities had their wettest year ever in 2018 and, according to the latest data from the National Weather Service, rainfall this year in some areas is ahead of last year at the same time. Last year, Louisville, Lexington, Frankfort and Jackson all set records for annual precipitation, while the Huntington/Ashland area had their second-wettest year and Covington...

KIA announces Kentucky’s draft 2020 Clean Water Intended Use Plan now available for public review

The Kentucky Infrastructure Authority (KIA) has announced that Kentucky’s draft 2020 Clean Water Intended Use Plan (IUP) including the Project Priority List is available for public review and comment from June 5 through July 5. KIA will have approximately $75 million available for low-interest loans for projects to prevent and control water pollution in Kentucky. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund...

Kentucky Court of Justice to launch RESTORE initiative to help courts address opioid epidemic

The Kentucky Court of Justice will kick off a new initiative to help judges, circuit court clerks and court personnel further address Kentucky’s opioid epidemic. The Responsive Education to Support Treatment in Opioid Recovery Efforts (RESTORE) initiative will launch with a news conference on April 11 at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The public and media are invited to attend this event, which will take place in...

Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials to host Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11

The Kentucky Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials (KBC-LEO) will be hosting a Gubernatorial Candidate Forum on April 11 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Kentucky State University, in Bradford Auditorium located at 400 East Main Street in Frankfort. A reception will be held prior to the Forum at 5 p.m. All Democratic and Republican candidates for the office of Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky...

Stuart Sanders: Legislature reflects on history, changes, during session in Old State Capitol

The Kentucky General Assembly recently held a session in the Old State Capitol in Frankfort. It was a special occurrence for the legislature, which last met in the historic structure more than a decade ago. State Sen. Robert Stivers, R-Manchester (standing) speaks in a legislative session at the Old State Capitol building in Frankfort (Photo provided). This National Historic Landmark, completed in...

Salato Wildlife Center reopens Friday; popular family destination has two newly renovated exhibits

The Salato Wildlife Education Center in Frankfort reopens on Friday. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources operates the Salato Wildlife Center as part of its mission to educate the public about the state’s native wildlife. The facility offers viewing opportunities for a variety of wildlife, including a bear, eagle, bobcats, deer, bison, birds of prey and more. To mark the occasion...

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...

KDFWR fall public auction of surplus, confiscated items set for Oct. 29 in Frankfort

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources will conduct its fall public auction of surplus and confiscated items on Oct. 29 at department headquarters in Frankfort. Surplus auction items include Triton and Polarcraft boats, Yamaha, Johnson and Evinrude boat motors, four-wheel-drive Chevy, Ford and Dodge trucks, Yamaha and Honda ATVs, side scan sonar units, office equipment, air condition...

Kids can trick-or-treat at Salato Wildlife Education Center’s ‘Halloween Walk with the Animals’ on Oct. 27

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources encourages youngsters – and the young at heart – to put on their costumes and join the Salato Wildlife Education Center staff in Frankfort for the best trick-or-treat experience in town on Oct. 27. Salato’s annual Halloween Walk with the Animals event features child-friendly activities including a hay bale maze, “Creatures of the Night”...

Investors Heritage Life Insurance will expand Frankfort headquarters with $1 million expansion

Investors Heritage Life Insurance Company will create 75 full-time jobs at its Frankfort headquarters, doubling its Kentucky workforce throughout the next five years with a $1 million investment. “This is a very exciting time for our company,” said Harry Lee Waterfield II, president and CEO of Investors Heritage. “We completed a merger transaction in March and our new partners, Aquarian Holdings,...

Grimes encourages new citizens to participate in democracy at naturalization ceremony

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes on Friday in Frankfort encouraged 36 new citizens from 26 countries to be active participants in democracy. The citizens took the oath of citizenship at the John C. Watts Federal Building. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (pictured right) at Friday’s naturalization ceremony in Frankfort. (Photo courtesy of the Office of the Secretary of State)Grimes...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Blake Brickman: Andy Beshear’s lawsuit threatens future of Kentucky teachers’ pensions

Attorney General Andy Beshear is getting plenty of practice for his next campaign as he travels across the Commonwealth to spread fear and misinformation about the new pension reform bill (SB 151), designed to save Kentucky’s public pension system. Brickman His most dangerous lies are those of omission. AG Beshear doesn’t want Kentuckians to know about the positive things SB 151 does to help ensure...

Citizens Commerce Bank Converts to state charter; DFI assumes regulatory authority

The Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) welcomed Citizens Commerce Bank as Kentucky’s 125th state-chartered bank effective June 1. Department of Financial Institutions’ Commissioner Charles Vice, center, delivers a new state charter to officials of Citizens Commerce. From left to right are: Jeff Ball, Executive Vice President and Senior Lender; DFI Division Director Marni Gibson; Eli Barber,...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Grimes takes part in naturalization ceremony with Kentucky’s 141 newest citizens

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes last week took part in her 80th naturalization ceremony since taking office, welcoming 141 new citizens from 46 countries. The ceremony occurred just before Mother’s Day weekend at the Woman’s Club of Louisville. The ceremony included the administration of the oath of citizenship required to become Americans at the federal courthouse. Grimes spoke...

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...

Could protesting teachers be returning to Frankfort on Friday?

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Gov. Matt Bevin referred to the Kentucky Education Association, not the teachers who belong to the union, as the problem during his Monday press conference announcing he was vetoing the budget and tax reform bills. Nevertheless, when lawmakers return to Frankfort on Friday to consider overrides to the governor’s veto actions, they could be facing more protesting teachers,...