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Art Lander’s Outdoors: 20 years after first proposal Green River National Wildlife Refuge now a reality

(Photo from United States Fish and Wildlife Services) Almost 20 years after the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) first published a proposal for a national wildlife refuge at the confluence of the Green and Ohio Rivers in Henderson County, the Green River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) was officially established. The announcement was made Friday, November 22 by U.S. Secretary of the Interior David...

New watchdog organization report ranks majority of Kentucky’s hospitals as average for patient safety

By Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service A new report ranks most Kentucky hospitals average for patient safety. Published by the watchdog organization Leapfrog, the report ranks hospitals by letter grade. An estimated 160,000 lives are lost every year from preventable medical errors in hospitals. (Photo from Adobe Stock, via PNS) Out of 52 hospitals, 25 received a C grade for the incidence of infections,...

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles proclaims week of March 4 as Soybean Week in Kentucky

Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles saluted Kentucky’s soybean producers by proclaiming Soybean Week in Kentucky the week of March 4. “Kentucky soybean growers produced a record crop in 2018,” Commissioner Quarles said. “Kentucky is recognized as a national leader in the American soybean industry with our own Davie Stephens of Clinton serving as president of the American Soybean Association...

Columbia Sportwear Co. announces $700,000 expansion to Henderson County distribution center

Columbia Sportswear Co., a manufacturer of apparel and footwear products, will expand its distribution operation in Henderson County with a $700,000 investment that will create 25 full-time jobs. “We have been very happy with our distribution center in Kentucky,” said Tim Boyle, CEO and president of Columbia Sportswear Co. “We are pleased to invest again in Kentucky, and to create more quality...

Kentucky by Heart: ‘Dream Catcher’ Chase Fulcher helping Henderson neighbors achieve their dreams

Chase Fulcher decided long ago to live his life fueled by burning passion and a desire to improve others’ lives. He also understood unrelenting hard work and intense preparation were the best way of reaching his major life goals. Those timeless ingredients for success have worked quite well for this gentleman from the Ohio River town of Henderson, and consequently for the people of his Henderson...

Sen. Dorsey Ridley announces more than $3.7 million in Ky Lottery proceeds for District 4 higher education

Senator Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, announced this week that higher education in Western Kentucky once again reaped the rewards of the Kentucky Lottery proceeds. During the 2017 fiscal year, there were 2,271 scholarships worth $3,561,533 awarded to students in Senate District 4, which Senator Ridley represents. The 4th District includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster...

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley files for re-election to 4th district

Senate Democratic Caucus Chair Dorsey Ridley, D-Henderson, filed for re-election to his 4th district Senate seat Friday in Frankfort. Senator Ridley, citing a strong record that includes education, economic development and progress in highway infrastructure, represents the 4th Senatorial District that includes Caldwell, Crittenden, Henderson, Livingston, Union and Webster counties. Since winning a...

Tyson to expand in Henderson County with $13.5 million investment, creating 66 jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin Tuesday announced Tyson Chicken Inc., a subsidiary of Tyson Foods Inc., will expand its Henderson County operation with a $13.5 million project expected to create 66 jobs. “Tyson is once again proving its strong commitment to Kentucky’s economy. The jobs created by this investment from one of the most recognized names in protein production will further strengthen Kentucky’s thriving...

Everyday Heroes: Although the ‘poorest kid in school,’ Pullam went on to inspire rich lives

Roy Pullam won’t ever forget the nagging discomfort, the humiliation, the desperate nature of growing up in a poor family. Truth be told, he doesn’t want to forget because, even in the difficulty of those times, “there was always someone who came along and helped me at just the right time,” he recalled.   Those bittersweet memories spurred the middle school teacher to do wonderful acts...