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Kentucky Nature Preserves establishes historic Abbey of Gethsemani as registered natural area

The Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Office of Kentucky Nature Preserves (KNP) has recognized the Abbey of Gethsemani’s historic stewardship of more than 1,500 acres of field and forest in Nelson County by establishing the Abbey of Gethsemani Registered Natural Area. The Natural Areas Registry is a voluntary, non-regulatory program designed to provide recognition for sound ecological stewardship...

Packaging manufacturer Takigawa opens $46 million operation in Bardstown; first facility in US

Gov. Matt Bevin today joined local officials and executives from Takigawa Corp. Japan to open the company’s nearly $46 million, 180-job flexible packaging and high-performance films manufacturing facility in Bardstown. Gov. Bevin “Takigawa is an incredible addition to the Nelson County community, and I am delighted by the opportunity to join in today’s grand opening celebration,” Gov. Bevin...

Nelson County’s Barktown Rescue to field two players in annual Super Bowl Sunday Puppy Bowl

Barktown Rescue has announced two puppy players in this year’s Animal Planet Puppy Bowl XV set for Super Bowl Sunday, February 3. Pippi and Austin will hit the Geico gridiron and make the cutest ear pulls and tail tugs as part of Team Ruff, as they compete to win the Chewy.com Lombarky Trophy. Pippi (left) and Austin will participate in the annual Animal Planet Puppy Bowl Feb. 3. (Photo from Barktown...

Andy Beshear makes it official: On tour around state, he announces his bid for governor’s office

Staff report Democrat Andy Beshear started a statewide tour Monday and Tuesday to talk about the “future of Kentucky” with the announcement he will run for governor. Attorney General Andy Beshear makes it official: He’s running for governor. (Kentucky Today/Tom Latek) He pledged to bring Kentuckians together to invest in public education, attract better-paying jobs, more aggressively...

Bourbon without borders – Gov. Bevin signs shipping bill, sends first bottles of signature spirits

Gov. Matt Bevin has ceremonially signed a new law that allows visitors to ship bottles of Kentucky’s signature spirit home, then joined Bourbon Barons and legislative leaders to box and dispatch the first commemorative bottles to celebrate the historic occasion. Gov. Bevin The event took place at the new Kentucky Bourbon Trail Welcome Center at the Frazier History Museum along Louisville’s famed...

Bardstown’s Preservation Distillery becomes 38th member of Kentucky Distillers’ Association

The Kentucky Distillers’ Association today announced that Preservation Distillery in Bardstown is the newest and 38th member of the non-profit trade group that unites and leads Kentucky’s signature Bourbon and distilled spirits industry. Founder Marci Palatella said she has dreamed of opening a distillery since 1985 when she got into the spirits and wine business as a leading international distributor,...

Takigawa breaks ground on $42 million facility in Nelson County, the company’s first in U.S.

Takigawa Corp. America has broken ground on a new $46 million flexible packaging and high-performance films plant in Nelson County. The company’s first the U.S., the facility is expected to create 180 jobs. “Breaking ground on our first US facility is a significant step forward for Takigawa Corp. and one we are proud to take alongside the people of Kentucky and Bardstown,” said Hiroyuki Takigawa,...

Community Foundation of Louisville reaches $500 million in assets, now among largest in nation

The Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL) is celebrating a major milestone in December, having surpassed $500 million in total assets. CFL is the largest charitable foundation in Kentucky, and in the top 40 of about 800 community foundations nationwide. Assets are up from $485 million at the end of 2016. Over the past 33 years, CFL has made more than $780 million in grants to nonprofits, most of...

TranspARTation grants awarded to 10 Kentucky schools to send students to events

The Kentucky Arts Council has awarded TranspARTation grants to 10 Kentucky schools that will use the funding to send students to arts events and performances at venues across the state.   TranspARTation grants provide funding to Kentucky classrooms for transportation to and from live arts events. Grants are based on the mileage from the school building to the arts organization or performance venue...