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UK Grain and Forage Center of Excellence accepting applications for summer USDA internship program

By Katie Pratt University of Kentucky Undergraduate students can apply for a hands-on research internship next summer with the University of Kentucky Grain and Forage Center of Excellence. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Research and Extension Experiential Learning for Undergraduates summer internship program allows students to complete meaningful projects in the UK College of Agriculture, Food...

Kentuckians see early-summer savings at the pump; average price for regular unleaded gas down a dime

Kentuckians hitting the road for summer vacations are finding some good news at the pump. The average price for regular unleaded has dropped a dime since last week, settling at $2.54. Today’s average gas price in Kentucky is 25 cents less than it was a year ago. In Lexington, prices dropped 16 cents on the week, landing at $2.55. Prices for the metro averaged $2.69 one year ago. Nearly every...

Campbellsville University to host annual Kids College, Jr. Kids College camps during June and July

By Ariel C. Emberton Campbellsville University Campbellsville University will host the annual Kids College and Jr. Kids College camps during June and July. Kids College and Jr. Kids College, on behalf of the Campbellsville University’s Virginia Ponser Flanagan Technology Training Center (CUTTC), provides students, preschool through eighth grade, with opportunities to broaden the scope of their...

Melissa Martin: Summer is a time for children to have fun — and we need to be sure they are safe

Summer is a season for running in the yard, swimming, and playing in a tree house. But for some children summer becomes a dangerous or deadly season. Lawn Mower Safety Data from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission shows that when visits to doctors’ offices and clinics are included, more than 17,000 children and teens are treated for lawn mower injuries each year, according to the American...

Will your sunglasses prevent serious eye disease? Kentucky Academy of Eye Physicians offers tips

With summer in full swing, the days are longer, the sun is hotter, and the threat from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays is greater. Excess sun exposure can put you at risk of serious short-term and long-term eye problems. This is true for young and old people, year-round. Prevention is simple. Wear sunglasses that block ultraviolet radiation. But how do you know if your sunglasses are up to the...

Summer heat can stress farm animals, but producers have options to keep livestock thriving

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky Summer hasn’t officially begun according on the calendar, but Mother Nature has already been bringing the heat and humidity. In fact, Kentucky experienced the warmest May on record, and livestock is feeling it. Producers have options to keep livestock thriving in the summer heat. “When you get a combination of heat and humidity, it can cause concern for livestock,”...

SmartHealth: Summer hit without much warning this year, so staying hydrated is more critical than ever

By Nathan Skaggs St. Elizabeth Healthcare This year in the Tri-State area, it feels like we skipped spring and went straight to summer. Without a gradual warmup for our bodies to get used to, it’s more important than ever to focus on staying hydrated as the temperature continues to climb. Whether you are training for a marathon, playing a round of golf or sitting by the pool, it’s also important...

Constance Alexander: As a teenager, a springtime drive along Main Street provided a lasting memory

In the northeast where I grew up, it was springtime until prom was over and graduation loomed. The promise of summer glimmered on the landscape, just barely out of reach. By early June, the days began to stretch out like a sinuous silk road that led to somewhere better, someplace special, something more exciting than a small town where you could tell time by the train whistles and the chimes of the...

Beth Underwood: Typical start to summer, nothing works to do the lawn — except my neighbor

I have a confession to make. My elderly neighbor mowed my yard a couple weeks ago. That’s right. I said it. And suffice it to say when someone 30 years your senior does your yard work — she’s in her mid-80s — it’s nothing to brag about. But it had been one of those weeks, as they say. One of those ‘when-it-rains-it-pours’ kind. Not the kind where one might need rain napper,...

Summer Food Service Program looks for sponsors; training has been set for sponsors

  Sponsors are being sought and training has been set for the 2015 Summer Food Service Program for school and non-profit organizations. School districts, non-profit organizations – including churches and faith based organizations – and government entities are encouraged to participate as sponsors in the Summer Food Service Program and are invited to attend training.   The SFSP provides...

Youth Employment applications for summer jobs available online starting in February

  Young people between the ages of 14-17 years old who need summer jobs can apply to the city’s Summer Youth Employment Program, beginning February 1.   Applications will be available online here to fill 225 summer job openings. The deadline to apply and submit documentation is 4 p.m. Feb. 27.   The program is open to 14- to 17-year-old Fayette County residents who are eligible to...