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Owensboro resident Marianne Smith Edge appointed to Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky board

Marianne Smith Edge, a food and nutrition expert from Owensboro, has been named to the board of directors of the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky. Edge is a registered dietitian and founder of The AgriNutrition Edge, a food and agriculture communications consulting firm. Edge is the first Owensboro resident since 2006 to serve on the board of the Foundation, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that...

Winning candidate Jim Glenn, a democrat, wants records on use of House lawyers by his opponent

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The attorney representing Jim Glenn, the Democrat involved in an Election Contest in the Kentucky House of Representatives, has filed an open records appeal with Attorney General Andy Beshear, claiming House Republicans have been unresponsive in requests for information. 
Attorney Anna Whites said in a statement issued on Wednesday that lawyers who appear to be employed...

First Lady Glenna Bevin holds foster care, adoption community engagement event in Owensboro

First Lady Glenna Bevin today visited Owensboro for a community engagement event aimed at empowering local faith-based, community and government groups to support Kentucky’s vulnerable children and families. The event is part of the First Lady’s new foster care and adoption initiative, “Uniting Daviess County: A Community of Care,” and featured officials from the Governor’s Office of...

Health-conscious pastors setting good examples for their flocks

By Roger Alford Kentucky Today With a new-found passion for competing in triathlons, Pastor Wes Fowler is enjoying his best physical condition since college. Mayfield First Baptist Church Pastor Wes Fowler, left, and his wife, Tara, pose for a photo before the start of a triathlon they competed in. The Fowlers are among a growing number of church leaders who are setting good examples in the area of...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

PSC to hear public comment on proposed Atmos Energy rate increase Feb. 22 in Owensboro

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) will hold a public meeting to provide information and receive public comments on an increase in natural gas base rates proposed by Atmos Energy Corp. Details of the meeting are as follows: Thursday, February 22, 5:30 p.m., CST Fiscal Court Room Daviess County Court House (Use St. Ann Street entracne) 212 St. Ann Street, Owensboro The public comment period...

Grain management meeting set for Feb. 28 to focus on minimizing postharvest storage issues

Tight marketing conditions have caused many growers to store larger amounts of grain for longer periods. To help producers work through some potential grain storage issues, University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists are hosting the Postharvest Grain Management Meeting Feb. 28. Registration will begin at 8 a.m., central time, at the Daviess County Extension office...

Alorica to create 830 jobs with proposed customer engagement center set for Owensboro

California-based Alorica plans to establish an 830-job customer engagement center in downtown Owensboro’s former BB&T building, marking one of the city’s largest-ever economic development projects, Gov. Matt Bevin announced. “Alorica has extensive experience in operating customer engagement centers, and quickly concluded that they had found the right mix of positive, hard-working, forward-thinking...

Concert series brings nationally acclaimed acts to Owensboro’s Bluegrass Music Museum

The summertime bluegrass festival season is months away, while the music is already playing at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro. The museum, recognized for preserving and celebrating bluegrass where it began nearby, is set to host a concert series with nationally acclaimed acts. The series begins this month and continues through May. Concerts benefit the museum’s educational...

Kentucky by Heart: Road trip to Owensboro offered a full serving of food, fun, friendship

  Doug Alexander (second row, third from left) grew up in Owensboro and attended Newton Parrish. Here is his sixth-grade class. (Photos provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   When friend Doug Alexander heard that I’d be traveling to Owensboro recently to speak at an elementary school, he graciously offered to drive me there in his newly purchased SUV. He wanted, both, to...

Bill Straub: Ailing Wendell Ford was last
of his kind in political style and substance

It’s never been hard to tell when Wendell Ford is around.   First there was the cloud of cigarette smoke that trailed him like the cloud of dust that followed Pigpen in the “Peanuts” comic strip. As almost every political reporter can attest, any attempt to pose a question to the legendary former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senator was quickly met with the rejoinder, “Let’s step outside...

Bill Straub: Ailing Wendell Ford was last of his kind in political style and substance

It’s never been hard to tell when Wendell Ford is around.   First there was the cloud of cigarette smoke that trailed him like the cloud of dust that followed Pigpen in the “Peanuts” comic strip. As almost every political reporter can attest, any attempt to pose a question to the legendary former Kentucky governor and U.S. Senator was quickly met with the rejoinder, “Let’s step outside...

Mack McCormick: The Kentucky Barbecue Book takes readers on barbecue pilgramage

Texas, Memphis, North Carolina and Kansas City are known as the “Big Four” of national barbecue fame. Amid the smoke and char, Kentucky barbecue has been largely — and unfairly — overlooked. While bourbon and fried chicken claim most of Kentucky’s culinary fame, the state’s barbecue is distinctive to the region as well. Although unusual and unfamiliar to many barbecue aficionados...