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Public Service Commission to hold natural gas safety events in five cities across Kentucky during October

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) is holding events across Kentucky next month to demonstrate how to avoid natural gas lines during excavation and the consequences of failing to do so. Contractors who do excavation, emergency responders, and natural gas system operators are encouraged to attend one of the five “mock line strike” events. Energy Technologies, LLC, or Enertech, will conduct...

Fort Boonesborough State Park to host annual ‘1778 Siege of Boonesborough’ weekend on Sept. 28-29

Fort Boonesborough State Park will host its annual “1778 Siege of Boonesborough” weekend on Sept. 28-29. Events will include a battle re-enactment on both days at 2 p.m. There will also be a “night battle” at dusk on Saturday. The event commemorates the September 1778 attack on the fort by Native Americans and French Canadians during the Revolutionary War. The settlers in the fort refused to...

BCTC first Kentucky community college to earn prestigious CAE-CDE designation from NSA, DHS

Bluegrass Community and Technical College is the first community college in Kentucky to be designated a National Center of Academic Excellence in Cyber Defense Education (CAE-CDE). This designation is granted by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) through academic year 2024. The National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security jointly sponsor...

CHI Saint Joseph Medical expanding health care services in Winchester; expected completion in 2020

Construction began earlier this year on a new medical office building in Winchester that will house offices for physicians from the CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group. NexCore Group is building the one-story, 24,693-square-foot facility that will help CHI Saint Joseph Medical Group continue expanding health care services into the growing central Kentucky market.   “We are excited to expand our services...

Kentucky by Heart: Inventor of submachine gun was NKy native; finding strength in challenging times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Although not a gun enthusiast myself, I recently noticed while perusing a resource I use regularly, The Encyclopedia of Northern Kentucky, that the inventor of the famous Thompson submachine gun was born in Newport in 1860. I was intrigued with that finding. Brigadier General John Taliaferro Thompson was his U.S. Army rank and name, and he was nicknamed “Tommy...

Plastic’s manufacturer Danimer Scientific plans for $36.2 million fermentation facility in Clark County

Danimer Scientific, a manufacturer of biodegradable and compostable plastic products, will locate a fermentation facility in Winchester with a $36.2 million investment and create 37 full-time jobs. Danimer Scientific’s leaders plan to purchase and revitalize the 88,000-square-foot former Alltech algae building on Rolling Hills Lane in Winchester. The company will use the fermentation plant to produce...

Solid Rock Children’s Ranch a reality thanks to 2016 land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services

Long-time Clark County teacher Judy Huls Singleton made a promise to her father to one day use their family farm in Winchester in a way that would benefit children. Her vision for the property will soon be a reality. Singleton’s 130-acre land donation to Sunrise Children’s Services in 2016 paved the way for the creation of the Solid Rock Children’s Ranch, whose sign was recently placed...

Provocative play exploring real stories of Winchester features accompaniment by cellist Ben Sollee

It’s no small feat: playwright Margo Buchanan and the Leeds Center for the Arts Youth Advisory Board has written a play to show realities and hardships of life in Winchester. With the help of a What’s Your Ambition?! grant from The Greater Clark Foundation, they’ve worked with Buchanan and special guest musician Ben Sollee to draft “Outside Our Doors.” The documentary-style play invites...

Bluegrass Greensource kicks of fifth annual Main Street Clean Sweep in 19 area communities

Beginning today through April 27, Bluegrass Greensource will organize more than a thousand volunteers across Central Kentucky for community-led litter pickups in 19 different communities. Bluegrass Greensource and organizing sites are accepting volunteers to help clear streets, streams, sidewalks, and parks of litter and debris. There are multiple opportunities in Central Kentucky to get involved...

Alltech announces it is closing its Winchester Algae facility, will work with the 20 employees on jobs

By Fred Petke Kentucky Today Alltech Algae notified city officials Friday morning it would close its Winchester facility. Winchester Industrial Development Director Todd Denham said he was notified by the company this morning that  the closure would be “effective immediately.” 
According to the company, the decision gives the company more flexibility. 
“Our Alltech Algae facility in Winchester...

Ex-UK star Cousins to host free basketball camp and eye clinic Saturday in Winchester

DeMarcus Cousins and VSP Global will team up for free basketball camp and eye clinic for Kentucky students in Winchester Saturday. The camp for scheduled for 100 kids is set for 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at College Park Gym at 15 Wheeler Ave. in Winchester. All campers will receive a backpack, DMC headband, wristband, an official Nike camp t-shirt, Shock-Doctor mouthguard, Nike Vision sunglasses and much more....

Governor’s proposal will create long-awaited
4-lane parkway from Winchester to Pikeville

Gov. Steve Beshear has released his proposal for accomplishing a project long-awaited by Eastern Kentuckians and given new urgency by shifts in the region’s economy – the widening, modernizing and extension of the Mountain Parkway.   “Eastern Kentucky faces a multitude of challenges, made all the more urgent by the rapidly shifting economy. Our people demand a thorough strategy that incorporates...

Everyday Heroes: ‘Stranded’ in Winchester
37 years ago, Kibbey still making a difference

Ron Kibbey's 'peace and love mentality' has helped change the human services landscape in Winchester. (Photo provided)   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   He was young, idealistic and believed passionately in a “peace and love mentality” that swept the country in the 1960s. He looked the part, too, with shoulder-length hair, granny glasses, jeans with “real” holes. And, he...