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Spare Key executive director embarks on journey of lifetime to raise money for Kentucky families in need

At the end of 2019, Kentucky welcomed the non-profit Spare Key as a registered organization to provide commonwealth families with the financial support they need to pay major bills when faced with critical illnesses or serious injuries. Founded in 1997, the organization has expanded its national footprint immensely in recent years, and through their “Help Me Bounce” platform, Spare Key helps families...

Civil War Days weekend set for Oct. 11-13 at Columbus-Belmont State Park; admission is free

Civil War Days returns to the banks of the Mississippi River at Columbus-Belmont State Park the weekend of Oct. 11-13. The 29th year of this weekend features battle re-enactments, history and museum tours, soldier camps, entertainment, food and more. Admission is free. This three-day event begins with an Education Day on Friday, featuring cannon and rifle demonstrations, life of a soldier, camp cooking...

Kentucky Dept. of Fish and Wildlife Commission recommends new catfish and pay lake regulations

The Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Commission has proposed new regulations establishing statewide limits on trophy catfish, and proposed tightening existing regulations on the commercial harvest of large catfish and their use by pay lakes. Commission members, at their Sept. 28 quarterly meeting, also approved three wildlife studies of bears, bobcats and otters. Most commission actions must be approved...

Kentucky waters eventually reach Gulf, where a dead zone is growing, impacting marine life

By Aimee Nielson Special to KyForward   Somewhere along the Louisiana coast, a frustrated fisherman is no doubt looking out on the Gulf of Mexico wondering how he can stop the oxygen-depleted dead zone from encroaching on his livelihood. But it’s way beyond his control; the problem begins nearly 1,500 miles upstream at the headwaters of the Mississippi River. Water flows and collects runoff...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Endangered least terns need a little respect; do not disturb

By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   When the Mississippi and lower Ohio rivers drop to their normal summer pool at this time of year, the Endangered least tern shows up to nest on the exposed sand islands. Human disturbance can impact this nesting.   “Least terns are the only endangered species that nests in Kentucky,” said John Brunjes, migratory bird biologist for the Kentucky...