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Transylvania University postpones 2020 commencement ceremony due to pandemic

Transylvania University has postponed its May 23 commencement ceremony to minimize the potential for community spread of the COVID-19 virus. The school plans to honor its graduating students, who are wrapping up their senior year with remote learning, during an in-person ceremony later on a date to be determined and through several virtual events next month. Seniors have been asked to provide feedback...

Multi-state Small Business Innovations National Road Tour includes July visit to Central Kentucky

The SBA’s Small Business Innovation National Road Tour is coming to Lexington on Friday, July 21, giving small businesses the opportunity to learn more about America’s largest seed fund for research and development. This stop is part of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 11-state, 15-city Road Tour and will allow entrepreneurs and small technology firms to connect directly with federal...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Like the summer temps, Lake Cumberland striped bass are heating up

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward Few things in the outdoors in Kentucky can top being on Lake Cumberland at daybreak on a summer morning, watching a planer board or large bobber disappear, followed by the sound of a slipping drag. Striped bass pull like no other fish in Kentucky and landing a 22-inch or longer keeper brings a rush of adrenaline that gives you the shakes. Now in the fourth year...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: With autumn around the corner, it’s time to fall for trout all over again

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Anglers treasure the fall months in Kentucky. The shortening periods of daylight and the cooler, drier air bring welcome relief from summer and bring on the fall colors. It’s during this time of transition that some of the best fishing of the year can be had. For trout anglers, fall offers a smorgasbord of opportunities. The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Reservoir smallmouth bass don’t mind cold fronts

  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   This is one in a series of articles titled “Fall Fishing Festival” profiling the productive fishing on Kentucky’s lakes, rivers and streams in fall.   A look at the surface of Lake Cumberland right after dawn reveals a big, calm lake. Although the old Cumberland River now lies under at least 100 feet of water throughout most of the lake,...

So much bank access at Cedar Creek Lake, don’t need boat to catch 12,000 rainbow trout

Lincoln County’s Cedar Creek Lake received 12,000 rainbow trout in a stocking performed this week by the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. Trout stockings first began at this popular 762-acre lake in October 2012.   Fisheries Research Biologist Dave Dreves said the lake remains a hidden gem among trout anglers.   “Our evaluation of the 2012-2013 rainbow trout...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Once thought to only exist in Kentucky, spotted bass abound

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   They were not even recognized as a distinctive fish species until 1927. People for many years believed these fish only existed in Kentucky.   Glenn Barber of Versailles holds a spotted bass caught in Indian Creek on Lake Cumberland. Spotted bass from schools in fall, making for exciting and productive fishing. Lakes across Kentucky hold burgeoning populations...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Falling water, cold fronts make autumn bass fishing a challenge

John Williams, southeastern fisheries district program manager for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a huge smallmouth bass he caught from Laurel River Lake in late fall. Overcoming the challenges of fall fishing may lead to landing brutes like this one. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You arrive at the Holcomb’s Landing Ramp just...

Kentucky Symphony takes tour through ‘wondrous world’ of John Williams’ music

  The Kentucky Symphony Orchestra concludes its 22nd season with a trip to Williams’ Wondrous World – the music of John Williams, the de facto dean of film score composers.   The concert is Saturday, May 10, at 8 p.m. at Florence Baptist Church at Mt. Zion.   Williams’ career has spanned more than 60 years of compositions for everything from the symphony and opera...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Night fishing bite just starting, but striped bass look good so far

Fisheries technician Ryan Kausing holds a large striped bass from the Lake Cumberland tailwater. After several down years due to the drawdown of Lake Cumberland for repair work on Wolf Creek Dam, the striped bass fishery in the lake is rapidly improving. All signs point toward the world class striped bass fishing in Lake Cumberland returning in a few years. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Smaller waters across state hold crappie just like big lakes

This group of black crappie came from a small Central Kentucky lake last week. Smaller waters across the state offer productive crappie fishing right now for anglers who fish from the bank or from a small craft such as a johnboat or kayak. (Photo from F&W)   This is another story in the Spring Fishing Frenzy series. The series – detailing productive fishing opportunities across Kentucky...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Kentucky has record with largest smallmouth bass in world

Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources staff artist Rick Hill, left, and “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Tim Farmer admire a smallmouth bass Farmer caught from Dale Hollow Lake in early spring. Dale Hollow Lake, Laurel River Lake and Lake Cumberland hold some of the largest smallmouth bass in the world. (Photo from F&W)   By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   You...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A lake rises, a leader falls … quite a year on fish and wildlife beat

Happy New Year!   Before we turn the page on 2013, let’s take a look back at four of the top news stories on the outdoors beat in Kentucky this past year. Here they are, in chronological order: Lake Cumberland on the rise After being lowered by more than 40 feet from its historic summer pool level, Lake Cumberland was on the rise in 2013.   The 50,250-acre reservoir, near Jamestown, had...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Striped bass make a comeback at Lake Cumberland after repairs

John Williams, southeastern fisheries district biologist for the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, holds a huge striped bass collected during population sampling on the Cumberland River below Wolf Creek Dam. Lake Cumberland produced fish such as this one before the drawdown of the lake necessitated by repairs on Wolf Creek Dam. With normal lake water levels returning, the striped...