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Apply soon for youth-mentor and mobility impaired waterfowl quota hunts at state fish hatcheries

Online applications are being taken Nov. 1-15 for youth and mobility-impaired waterfowl quota hunts at two state-owned fish hatcheries near Frankfort and Morehead. Hunts will be available each Saturday and Sunday in January 2020. Hunts will be conducted at the Minor Clark Fish Hatchery in Rowan County and the Peter W. Pfeiffer Fish Hatchery in Franklin County. “There are five blinds at Minor Clark...

Two Jim Beam bourbon warehouses in Woodford County catch fire, one completely destroyed

KyForward staff State and national news organizations are reporting a major fire at two Jim Beam bourbon barrel warehouses on McCracken Pike in Woodford County near the Franklin County line. Image captured from WKYT video Officials are reporting that the fire started in one warehouse and spread to the other. Cause was apparently a lightning strike at about 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Bluegrass Emergency Response...

Transportation Cabinet in final stages of testing new driver’s license system; to pilot in Woodford, Franklin

The Kentucky Transportation (KYTC) is in the end stages of testing the state’s new driver’s license system to introduce new, more secure card versions that meet federal standards in the coming months. A pilot of the new system will begin this spring in Circuit Court Clerk Office locations in Woodford and Franklin counties. New licenses will be made available gradually in counties and become available...

Health officials investigating two new hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County

The Department for Public Health, within the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, is investigating two recent hepatitis A-related deaths in Franklin County. DPH declared a hepatitis A outbreak last year. Since August of 2017 more than 2,275 outbreak-associated cases of acute hepatitis A have been reported in 94 of Kentucky’s 120 counties. Hepatitis A has been a contributing factor in 16 deaths...

Sen. Whitney Westerfield plans to appeal circuit court ruling on Marsy’s Law to Kentucky Supreme Court

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today State Sen. Whitney Westerfield said he will appeal a Franklin County judge’s ruling that orders election officials in Kentucky not to certify results of a referendum on whether to change the state’s constitution to guarantee the rights of crime victims. Franklin Circuit Judge Thomas Wingate ruled Monday that the measure, known as “Marsy’s Law,” was not worded...

AG says deposit scam leaves victims repaying the bank; Franklin County resident lost $10,000

A new scam warning has been issued by Attorney General Andy Beshear after a mobile deposit scam left a Franklin County resident with a $10,000 bank tab. Andy Beshear Beshear said reports from legitimate local banks and Kentuckians indicate scammers are succeeding in their efforts to put a new twist on the old counterfeit check scam. “Falling victim to a counterfeit mobile deposit scam often results...

Attorney General Beshear warns Kentuckians of vacation scam for travel to Florida, Bahamas

As many Kentuckians begin to plan their summer vacation, Attorney General Andy Beshear is warning of scam calls offering deep discounts on travel to Orlando, Florida, and the Bahamas. Beshear Beshear said his office issued a Scam Alert after Kentuckians in Bourbon, Boyd, Calloway, Fayette, Franklin, Jefferson, Lewis, Madison and Woodford counties have reported receiving vacation scam calls. In a recording...

TOPY America to invest $37 million in phase-one upgrades at Franklin County facility

Automotive wheel manufacturer TOPY America Inc. will invest $37 million in a first round of upgrades at its plant near Frankfort. “TOPY America is a 30-year mainstay of Kentucky’s automotive manufacturing base and Frankfort’s business community,” said Gov. Matt Bevin. “We are delighted to see the company make such a substantial commitment to improving its operations and the day-to-day experience...

Kentucky Angels: Public health nurses deployed to Florida after hurricane return home early

A group of public health nurses from Kentucky, who became known as “The Kentucky Angels” after helping victims of Hurricane Irma in Florida, returned home Friday. The team, which consisted of 10 nurses and two administrative staff members, spent more than a week helping displaced residents in the Orlando and Naples areas. Four nurses from Northern Kentucky were among the Kentucky Angels. They...

Kentucky American Water to purchase Ridgewood Wastewater System in Franklin County

Kentucky American Water has signed an agreement indicating the intent to purchase the wastewater assets of Classic Construction, Inc., that serve Franklin County’s Ridgewood subdivision and areas adjacent to the neighborhood, and to assume providing wastewater services to that community once the transaction is completed later this year, pending approval by the Kentucky Public Service Commission....