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Regional tourism plan for Red River Gorge area released, eco-resort proposed as anchor

Planning consultants for a group of eastern Kentucky business and community leaders unveiled a comprehensive tourism strategy for the Red River Gorge region during a virtual town hall meeting Tuesday night and proposed a 4 1/2-star destination resort as an anchor for future economic growth in the region. Red River Economic Development, LLC (RRED) sponsored the planning process with a combined $1 million...

The Chocolat Inn and Café offers a sweeter, more vibrant lodging and dining addition to Lee County

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward A young couple who is about to give birth to their first child has already given birth to an exciting business venture in Lee County. Dustin and Mai Cornett creatively refurbished the old Tincher Motel on the outskirts of Beattyville two years ago into a bed and breakfast and café featuring their unique tasty creations. The Cornett’s daughter Sophia Donna Cornett...

School bus drivers are often ‘unsung heroes’ in K-12 schools; Many Ky. districts struggling to find drivers

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Kentucky K-12 bus drivers face many responsibilities being the first school official to warmly greet students and deliver them to their school for the day and return them home safely around eight hours later. Districts across the state are having difficulty recruiting bus drivers for this critical task in the education process. Most of the bus routes in rural districts...

Ron Daley: Like state’s other rural school districts, Lee County has major economic importance

In addition to providing quality education preparing students for the workforce, the Lee County School District is a major economic driver in the community. The school district directly contributes to the educational attainment and future earnings of its youth. The district is the largest employer in the county despite the county’s population and student enrollment loss which has forced school staff...

UK extension office in Lee County teaching the benefits of raising garden to access fresh vegetables

Lee County residents are learning low-cost methods they can use to improve their health through gardening. Ted Johnson, a University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service agent in the county, installed several raised bed gardens at the extension office. He offers classes to residents throughout the growing season to show them how raised bed gardening is easy, economical and healthy. “One of...

UK receives $3.75M to promote screening, prevent colon cancer deaths in rural Kentucky

  By Mallory Powell Special to KyForward   At 44, Sherry Payne was uncommonly young to be diagnosed with colon cancer. She was also too young to have started regular colon cancer screenings, so by the time she developed symptoms and went to the doctor, the disease had already progressed to Stage 3. It was 1998, and she was given two years to live.   “As you can see, I did not...