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Kentucky by Heart: A ‘Kentucky-fied’ trip through a beautiful part of our state into a beautiful part of Ohio

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist It’s not often in this column that I talk about a trip taken outside the state of Kentucky. This time, however, I will, because the trip my spouse and I took to Ohio recently on Veterans Day included a good portion of Kentucky geography on the itinerary, and the destination area reminded me a lot of our state, too. Suzanne enjoys learning about Native-Americans...

U.S. Department of Transportation announces $10.2 million for Build U.S. 460 project in Paris

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao today announced that the Trump Administration will invest $900 million in American infrastructure through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Transportation Discretionary Grants program. This includes an award of $10.2 million to Paris, Kentucky for the BUILD US 460 project. Elaine Choa “The Administration is targeting BUILD...

Judge Brian Privett wants to cut down on overdoses, but it starts with our own outlook on drug abuse

By Jonathan Coffman KyForward reporter Mistakes lead to consequences. But how do we teach people to avoid making those mistakes? Circuit Judge Brian Privett of Paris faces this question every day while managing participant treatment in his district drug courts. Judge Brian Privett Drug courts are government programs designed to provide assistance in recovery to individuals who have entered the criminal...

ColorPoint converts 1.8 million sq. ft. greenhouse to hemp production, to merge with AgTech Scientific

ColorPoint has transitioned to become a hemp only company and has merged operations with AgTech Scientific of Paris. The fully vertically integrated hemp company will immediately become a leader of outdoor and indoor grown quality hemp products. The operations have been granted both a Hemp Grower License and Hemp Processor License from the Kentucky Department of Agriculture.
 1,837,847 sq. ft. Greenhouse...

Kentucky by Heart: Paris residents rescue small dog named Guy — now an adopted member of royalty

Paris residents Charlie and Elaine Fuerniss have made loving contacts with literally thousands of dogs while working as animal rescuers for more than three decades. This while both attend to full-time jobs in Lexington. Guy was adopted by actress Meghan Markle during the time she spent in Canada filming the TV show, Suits. The adoption, and Guy, became an international subject of conversation when...

Paris attorney Brian Privett appointed Circuit Judge for Kentucky’s 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2

Gov. Matt Bevin has appointed Brian Privett, of Paris, to the office of Circuit Judge for the 14th Judicial Circuit, Division 2, of Kentucky. Brian Privett Privett is a graduate of the University of Louisville’s Brandeis School of Law. Beginning his legal career in 2007, he has practiced civil litigation, real property, wills and estates, family law, criminal defense, criminal prosecution, collections,...

AgTech Scientific plans Bourbon County facility to develop hemp-based products; will create 271 jobs

AgTech Scientific plans to create 271 jobs at a new hemp-products development and manufacturing center in Paris as it forges relationships with Kentucky farmers and partners on research projects with the state’s flagship university. “AgTech’s plans for Bourbon County put the company at the forefront of realizing Kentucky’s potential as an international leader in hemp production,” said Gov....

Kentucky native Harry Dean Stanton dies at age 91 in Los Angeles; most recent film about to be released

One of Kentucky’s favorite sons, Harry Dean Stanton, an actor with wide-ranging skills, has died of natural causes at age 91 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Stanton whose big breakthrough to fame was Paris, Texas (written by Sam Shepard) was known for his roles in Twin Peaks, Big Love, Repo Man and Pretty in Pink. He had a high profile role as a manipulative cult leader Roman...