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Greenup County High School student buzzing after receiving national beekeeping award

By Jacob Perkins
 Kentucky Teacher Emma Stevens has been beekeeping for a little over a year and a half, yet she already has brought pride not only to Greenup County, but the whole Appalachian region. The 16-year-old junior at Greenup County High School recently was named one of the nation’s top youth beekeepers by the North American Bayer Bee Care Program. “Getting recognized for my work reassures...

Greenup County native Michael Armbrester plays key role in Takuma Sato’s win in Indianapolis 500

By Rick Elmore Special to KyForward Takuma Sato was in the spotlight for winning his second Indianapolis 500 race on Sunday, but behind the scenes he had help from a strategist with Greenup County ties. Sato’s performance engineer for his team is Michael Armbrester of Russell who finally got his first Indy 500 championship in his ninth year working the open wheel racing circuit. “It’s incredible....

Daily Yonder: A corporation sees no future in small Kentucky newspapers; local journalists beg to differ

By Amanda Page Special to KyForward As a one-man reporter for two newspapers in Carter County, Jeremy Wells never had time to cover school board meetings. Wells was an hourly employee for CNHI, the corporate entity that owned Grayson Journal-Enquirer and Olive Hill Times. Since the company never sprung for overtime, Wells didn’t make the evening board of education meetings. When CNHI decided to...

Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest winners learn importance of wildlife

The Kentucky Division of Conservation, in partnership with the Kentucky Association of Conservation Districts and the Kentucky Farm Bureau, recently honored the winners of the 2019 Jim Claypool Art and Conservation Writing Contest. The contests’ theme, Things That Fly, helped students from across the state learn more about the importance of wildlife in Kentucky. The students used that knowledge...

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital to close by Sept. 30, costing 1,000 jobs in Ashland area

Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital in the Ashland suburb of Russell will close by Sept. 30, says the Bon Secours Health System, which operates it. The 214-bed hospital opened in 1953, when Ashland and Russell were booming with steel, railroad and petrochemcial industries. Now, the hospital cannot “effectively operate in an environment that has multiple acute care facilities competing for the same...

Four county fair boards awarded $300,000; grants for new construction projects at fairgrounds

Four Kentucky county fairs boards were awarded $300,000 from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) for new construction projects, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has announced. “These grants will enable four deserving local fair boards to provide their citizens with a more enjoyable fair experience,” Quarles said. “Fairgrounds are important to rural Kentucky because they serve as...

Bill Straub: Following the McConnell footsie game through Russia to an aluminum plant in Greenup

They don’t call him Moscow Mitch for nothing. Senate Republican Leader Mitch “Root-‘n-Branch’’ McConnell, of Louisville, has earned so many derogatory nicknames over the past few years that there are too many to list in a single column. Some, like Darth Vader and The Grim Reaper, he embraces with aplomb. But the one that gets under his skin is the aforementioned Moscow Mitch, duly earned...

Greenbo Lake joins Cannon Creek and Fagan Branch Lakes as those to receive brown trout stocking

Brown trout were stocked last spring for the first time in Cannon Creek Lake and Fagan Branch Lake. Now the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources has added Greenbo Lake to its brown trout stocking program. Greenbo Lake, a 176-acre lake in Greenup County, received its first-ever stocking of brown trout in February. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife stocked 2,000 brown trout in the lake. Cannon...

As support for medical marijuana grows, resolution would urge federal government to speed research

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News As support for legalization of marijuana for medicinal purposes grows in the General Assembly, legislation has again been filed to ask the federal government to expedite research on the idea. A leading advocate of medical marijuana says the measure may be “a ploy to delay” action on his bill. The research resolution is sponsored by Republican Rep....

Farmers wish Commonwealth a ‘Kentucky Proud’ Christmas by singing ‘Jingle Bells’ in video

The new Kentucky Proud video features people singing snippets of “Jingle Bells” while doing farm chores. The singers all have obvious singing chops, but they also happen to be Kentucky farmers. “We are thrilled with the video,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “This was a great opportunity to showcase Kentucky farmers, promote Kentucky Proud products, and have a little fun in the...

UK Cooperative Extension Service using arts, natural sciences to bring renowned writer’s works to life

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward The Greenup County office of the University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service is using the arts and natural sciences to bring the works of a world-renowned writer to life for students in his native county. Anne Stephens, the county’s fine arts extension agent, collaborated with Greenup County Farm Bureau, Greenup County School District and Shawnee State...

‘Game-changer’: Braidy Industries to build $1.3B mill in Greenup, create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin and executives from Braidy Industries Inc. announced the company will build a $1.3 billion aluminum mill and create 550 advanced manufacturing jobs in Greenup County to produce sheet and plate for the automotive and aerospace industries. The announcement marks a turning point in bringing economic vitality to Eastern Kentucky, and comes just two days after the 53rd anniversary of President...

Steel Ventures to build 65-job galvanizing facility in Greenup County, investing $16 million in new plant

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Steel Ventures Inc., an affiliate of Huntington, W.V.-based Steel of West Virginia Inc., plans a $16 million buildout of an existing facility in Wurtland to establish a 65-job galvanizing and distribution operation. “Our administration is committed to helping breathe new life into the Eastern Kentucky economy. Significant investments from companies like Steel Ventures...

Rural Kentucky roots fuel medical student’s desire to return to Greenup County to serve

Ashley Loan and her finance Ryan Brown purchased 87 acres of land in Greenup County. Loan plans to practice in rural Kentucky following graduation from UK Medical School. (Photo from UKNow)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   University of Kentucky medical student Ashley Loan eagerly anticipates the day she handles the chaos of the emergency room with a controlled calm.   Loan...

Battling Bullying: Trio of girls spreading positive thoughts – one sticky note at a time

Chelsi Fraley, left, Katherine Colt and Gabrielle Griffith, all 13, launched an anti-bullying campaign at Russell Middle School by posting positive messages on the lockers of every student in the school. (Photo by Tammie Hetzer-Woman)   By Tammie Hetzer-Womack Special to KyForward   Gabrielle Griffith, Katherine Colt and Chelsi Fraley are three musketeers, a trio of selfless preteens, vigilantly...

TranspARTation grants awarded to 10 Kentucky schools to send students to events

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded TranspARTation grants to 10 Kentucky schools that will use the funding to send students to arts events and performances at venues across the state.   TranspARTation grants provide funding to Kentucky classrooms for transportation to and from live arts events. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...