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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...

U.S. House proposed public lands legislation would create two Civil War monuments in Kentucky

Nadia Ramlagan Public News Service As part of a major package of public lands legislation, the U.S. House is set to vote on permanently reauthorizing a federal program that uses revenue from offshore oil and gas drilling to protect public lands. If passed, there’s new life for the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and two new national monuments for Kentucky – Camp Nelson in Jessamine County,...

Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman center celebrating 10-year anniversary; public invited Jan. 8

The Saint Joseph Jessamine RJ Corman Ambulatory Care Center is celebrating 10 years in the Jessamine County community. The facility first opened in 2009 and is Jessamine County’s first and only full-service, 24/7 emergency care facility.   In honor of the facility’s 10th anniversary, a celebration will be held on Tuesday, January 8 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the facility, located at 1250 Keene Road...

Ohio Representative joins Barr in support of naming Jessamine County’s Camp Nelson a national park

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Efforts by one member of Kentucky’s Congressional delegation to have a Jessamine County historical site named a national memorial have been bolstered by another. Rep. Andy Barr, R-Ky., has been working on having Camp Nelson receive such designation from the National Park Service and co-sponsored legislation with Ohio Rep. Marcia Fudge, D-Ohio, last year in the House. U.S....

Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene might not be fancy, but it’s home . . . and always will be

For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the roadside make it that way. On that trip,...

Jessamine, Carter, Elliott counties are latest to give approval to needle exchange programs

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Jessamine, Carter and Elliott counties are the latest Kentucky counties to approve needle exchange programs, joining Fayette (Lexington), Jefferson (Louisville) and Pendleton counties. The approval of exchanges in Carter and Elliott counties, in northeastern Kentucky, creates a major rural beachhead in a state where officials have said rural officials will be...

Kaintuckeean: There’s hiking fun for all ages at Garrard County’s Dupree Nature Preserve

The author’s children, ages 6 and 3, walk the trails at Dupree Preserve. (Author’s collection)   By Peter Brackney Special to KyForward   Twice over as many months I’ve taken my two kids, ages 3 and 6, for a hike in the woods. There are few activities that are more fun with kids. Hiking removes them from “screen time” and, under these circumstances, they are...

Jones, Cassity top list of honorees for annual Bluegrass Tomorrow Vision Awards Oct. 30

Former First Lady Elizabeth “Libby” Jones and Jessamine County Judge Neal Cassity will be presented with Bluegrass Tomorrow’s most prestigious Vision Awards at its annual awards program October 30.   Libby Jones will receive the 2013 Josephine Abercrombie Award for her untiring service to the equine and agriculture industry, the Bluegrass Conservancy, the American Farmland Trust and...

Betsy Waters: A festive Fourth of July awaits you and your family in the Bluegrass region

  The Fourth of July is a great time to celebrate with family and friends. Many local communities have events planned that are ideal for children and adults alike. Check it out!   Downtown Lexington festivities   Lexington kicks off the day’s events with the Bluegrass 10,000. The wheelchair divisions hit the course at 7:20 a.m., with the foot race starting at 7:30 a.m. The Fun...

Seventeen districts in Kentucky apply to state to be Districts of Innovation, a school re-think

A total of 17 Kentucky public school districts have submitted applications to the Kentucky Department of Education to become Districts of Innovation.   The Districts of Innovation legislation, House Bill 37 (2012), provides Kentucky public school districts the opportunity to apply for an exemption from certain administrative regulations and statutory provisions in an effort to improve student...

Bluegrass PRIDE: Telephone wires may be handy perch for birds but not ‘natural’ one

By Deborah Larkin KyForward columnist   Each day as I drive to work through Boyle, Mercer, Jessamine and Fayette counties I have the opportunity to observe the flora and fauna of the Bluegrass. One of the species that I see regularly, especially in the winter months, is the red tail hawk. I used to see these birds perched in the trees while they scanned the pastures for signs of prey (rabbits...