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Bluegrass Community & Technical College Workforce Solutions offers retirement planning class this fall

Bluegrass Community and Technical College Workforce Solutions is once again partnering with Financial Educators Network to offer retirement planning workshops this fall. This popular course is designed to teach adults ages 50-70, who are recently retired or starting to think about retirement, how to build wealth and develop a personalized and integrated plan to achieve retirement goals. The comprehensive...

Kentucky Wood Expo set for Sept. 20-21 at Masterson Station Park; offers family fun, educational activities

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky The Kentucky Wood Expo returns to Masterson Station Park in Lexington from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 20, and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 21. The University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service will have a big hand in two days of educational and fun activities for the entire family. The biennial event, sponsored by the Kentucky Forest Industries Association,...

KentuckyWired, a long-delayed project to bring high-speed internet to KY, has opened two new sections

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today KentuckyWired, a project to bring high-speed internet to all parts of Kentucky that has been beset by delays and cost overruns, has opened two new sections, primarily serving southern and eastern Kentucky.

 Gov. Matt Bevin and Fifth District Congressman Hal Rogers, R-Somerset, made the announcement on Friday at the SOAR (Shaping Our Appalachian Region) Summit in Pikeville...

Susan G. Komen Kentucky serves up second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative

Susan G. Komen Kentucky will partner with 24 local restaurants and businesses in the Louisville, Lexington and Southern Indiana area during the week of Sept. 15-21 for its second annual Confections for the Cure fundraising initiative, ahead of Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Participating restaurants and businesses will create an original, pink dessert to offer restaurant-goers and community...

Jamie Ennis Bloyd of Lexington named Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky’s Healthy Policy Champion

Childhood cancer research, prevention and treatment advocate Jamie Ennis Bloyd of Lexington has been named a Healthy Kentucky Policy Champion by the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Bloyd is president of both the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Research Trust Fund and the Kentucky Pediatric Cancer Foundation, as well as national director of government relations and external affairs for the American Childhood...

Find adventure in Fayette County on Sept. 8 through citizen-led events at Nature Hop in Lexington

The public is invited to enjoy the natural areas of Fayette County through citizen-led events by participating in Lexington’s second Nature Hop. All Nature Hop activities are free, being supported in part by the city’s Division of Environmental Services. This year’s Nature Hop will take place on Sept. 8. Events will start at 11 a.m., 12:30 p.m., 2 p.m. and at 3:30 p.m. The staggered times are...

National nonprofit organization ‘Erin’s Hope for Friends’ to open new club location in Lexington

Erin’s Hope for Friends, a national nonprofit organization, announced at the annual fundraiser gala on Saturday that it will open the doors to two new e’s Club locations, one in Lexington and another in Savannah, Ga. Erin’s Hope for Friends was inspired by Erin Horst, a gentle and talented 17-year-old with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) who experienced challenges, bullying and tragically passed...

Sixth annual Waveland Art Fair to be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State; will feature outstanding artists

The sixth annual Waveland Art Fair will be held Sept. 7-8 at Waveland State Historic Site in Lexington, and it will feature several outstanding artists. Guests can browse and shop with Kentucky artist artwork both days, then take a walk through the historic home, where costumed staff will greet them. Guests can also enjoy lunch from Forage or Rise Up Pizza food trucks and special Kentucky fare from...

KentuckyWired finalizes $100 million bond sale to fund settlement, project costs for fiber optic network

The Kentucky Communication Network Authority (KCNA), the agency responsible for overseeing the Commonwealth’s KentuckyWired fiber optic cable network project, finalized a bond sale of $102,090,000 last week. The City of Williamsburg issued the bonds for the KentuckyWired Infrastructure Company. The Series 2019 municipal bonds were purchased by Morgan Stanley. The majority of the proceeds — $93...

Brant Laue elected TOBA’s Board of Trustees chairman; three new trustees also selected

The Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Association has announced the election of Brant Laue as chairman of its Board of Trustees. Also joining Laue on the Board of Trustees to serve three-year terms as new members are Marshall Gramm, Stephanie Hronis and Jason Loutsch. Re-elected to three-year terms were current trustees Joe Appelbaum, Brett Brinkman, Doug Cauthen, Everett Dobson, Sol Kumin, David O’Farrell...

Lexington native Kiefer completes ‘Lee-Peat’ with third straight Pan Am Games gold medal in fencing

Lexington native Lee Kiefer has dominated the Pan American circuit in a way no one else has. At just 25 years old, Kiefer’s career has been nearly unblemished in the region and she made history again on Monday, becoming the first fencer from any nation and in any weapon to win three straight individual Pan American Games titles, winning gold in Lima, Peru, after titles in Toronto in 2015 and...

New hepatitis C treatment service to provide option for patients in parts of Kentucky, Tennessee

A new hepatitis C treatment service will provide an immediate impact for patients living in southeast Kentucky and northeast Tennessee. With the assistance of a USDA grant, Dayspring Health purchased a FibroScan machine for its clinic in Jellico, Tenn. Previously, patients were traveling to Lexington or Knoxville to receive a liver scan to start treatment. “Our community no longer needs to travel...

Keeneland to sponsor 13th annual Bluegrass International Cup at Mt. Brilliant Farm on Sept. 6

Keeneland will be the title sponsor of the 13th annual Bluegrass International Cup, a polo match and dinner benefiting the Fayette Alliance Foundation and the University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Foundation, on Sept. 6 at historic Mt. Brilliant Farm near Lexington. “Keeneland is delighted to become the title sponsor of the Bluegrass International Cup, which is three days before the start of our world-renowned...

UK to host Hemp Production Field Day on Aug. 21; specialists to offer six concurrent tours

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment will host a daylong event to share information about the college’s industrial hemp research program. The Hemp Production Field Day is from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. EDT on Aug. 21 at UK’s North Farm Complex in Lexington. UK specialists will offer six concurrent tours. Participants will have the...

Lexington’s Derek Feldman receives Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship

Singer and songwriter Derek Feldman of Lexington received the Kentucky Arts Council’s Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship for 2020. The Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship is a $7,500 unrestricted award given to a Kentucky artist who has achieved a high level of excellence and creativity in their work. For the 2020 fiscal year, the fellowship was awarded for songwriting. Feldman, a singer, songwriter...

Kentucky Horse Council offers Large Animal Emergency Rescue training Sept. 20-22 in Lexington

The Kentucky Horse Council has announced Large Animal Emergency Rescue (LAER) training will be held Sept. 20-22 at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, and registration is now open. The LAER training will be taught by 4Hooves Large Animal Services, LLC and instructors Justin and Tori McLeod. Both instructors have extensive experience with equine and livestock as well as working as emergency responders....

Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence names Angela Yannelli as new Chief Executive Officer

The Kentucky Coalition Against Domestic Violence has announced that Angela Yannelli is its new Chief Executive Officer. Yannelli, who worked at KCADV from 1997 to 2012, is returning after serving for seven years as a Senior Family Violence Program Specialist at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C. She has worked to end intimate partner violence for more than 22 years,...

A&W Restaurants to locate global headquarters in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream

The new global headquarters for A&W Restaurants, Inc. — which is celebrating the centennial of its founding this year — will likely be the first company to locate in Lexington’s new industrial park at Coldstream Research Campus. Linda Gorton“We’ve put a strong plan in place to attract new business and help local businesses grow at Coldstream,” Mayor Linda Gorton said. “It’s great...

Lexington offering Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day at Bluegrass Transfer Station

The City of Lexington is partnering with the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station to offer Fayette County residents a free trash disposal day for non-hazardous household waste. The event will be held Saturday, July 13, from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bluegrass Regional Transfer Station, 1505 Old Frankfort Pike. Fayette County residents may dispose of up to one pickup truck load of non-hazardous household...

First phase of KentuckyWired project completed, includes Louisville, Lexington, Northern Kentucky

Gov. Matt Bevin and Congressman Hal Rogers have announced a major milestone achievement for the Commonwealth’s high-speed fiber optic network – KentuckyWired. The first portion of the network, known as Ring 1A, is now complete and includes Louisville, Lexington and Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Additionally, a key backbone segment from Lexington to Somerset has also been completed, allowing for...