A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky home sales continue to climb; May sees increase in sales, slight drop in price

Real estate sales in Kentucky continue to exceed the totals seen through this time in 2016. Total home sales in May increased 8.6 percent, from 4,963 in 2016 to 5,391 in 2017, the first time sales have pushed over 5,000 in May. Housing inventory in May reached an all-time low at 3.5 months, down 14.6 percent from May of 2016. “The fact that inventory remains so low and sales continue to grow shows...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: The good times are long over, but memories remain from beloved first pickup truck

Author’s Note: I recently found this column I wrote 23 years ago, dated Feb. 6, 1994. I hope readers can relate because of the good times they had with their first pickup truck. We were joined on a sunny April afternoon in 1983 — a free spirit and an eager help-mate. We met on the asphalt, but we blazed a trail across dirt and gravel, from the farm fields of Central Kentucky to the sandy beaches...

Ag lenders provide freezers for KY food pantries to help address state’s hunger problem

In every Kentucky community, urban and rural, there’s a food insecurity problem. One in six Kentuckians is not always sure where their next meal is coming from. For children, the number is one in five. To help solve this challenge, agricultural lenders Farm Credit Mid-America and CoBank are providing chest freezers to more than 120 food pantries across the state. The freezers will enable increased...

Kentucky Economic Development Guide: 110+ pages about the state’s economy from Think Kentucky

Click to view and read entire publication The 2017 Kentucky Economic Development Guide is now available. Produced in partnership with Conway Inc., the 100+ page guide features articles, facts and figures about Kentucky’s economy and the state’’s recent economic development achievements. The guide includes a profile of the massive Amazon project in Northern Kentucky as well as features on such...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Use the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife website to find a great place to fish

By Lee McClellan Special to NKyTribune Two employees of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources recently used the department’s website at www.fw.ky.gov to glean information on catching saugeye. They used the 5-foot contour maps on the “Find a Place to Fish” to study the bottom of Guist Creek Lake in Shelby County and determine a place to fish. They later fished those areas and...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: How to use trails cameras on your property; tips on mounting, retrieving images

This is part two of a two-part series on the evolution of remote cameras from the film era to today’s infrared digital scouting cameras, and how trail cameras are used by deer and wild turkey hunters. Hunters wish they knew more about the white-tailed deer and wild turkeys on their hunting property. But only so much can be learned from boots on the ground scouting. It’s impossible to be everywhere...

Boone, Kenton and Campbell among 71 counties seeking Citizen Foster Care Review Board volunteers

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers to be trained soon are Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carter, Christian,...

Fostering Success is providing summer employment for Kentucky youths aging out of state foster care

Fostering Success, the summer employment initiative for Kentucky youth who are aging out of the state foster care program, is celebrating the start of its second year. At least 72 young people are expected to be involved in Fostering Success this summer. Last year, 52 completed the Cabinet for Health and Family Services (CHFS) program. Fostering Success gives older youth in foster care the opportunity...

Long-awaited hippo family reunion at the Cincinnati Zoo happened Tuesday without a hitch

The reunion that the world has been waiting for finally happened Tuesday at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden’s Hippo Cove when BiFi (power duo name for Fiona and her mom, Bibi) was joined by Fiona’s dad Henry. Photos courtesy of the Cincinnati Zoo “The introduction lasted about an hour, and we couldn’t be more pleased with how it went,” said Christina Gorsuch, curator of mammals...

PSC approves Duke Energy for three small solar power facilities in NKY — to develop experience

The Kentucky Public Service Commission (PSC) has approved a proposal by Duke Energy Kentucky to build three small solar power facilities in its service territory in northern Kentucky. In its application to the PSC, Duke Kentucky said the facilities would be used to develop experience with small-scale solar power in preparation for adding more renewable power sources in the next 10 years. The PSC, in...

Major League Baseball alumni association brings legends for free youth clinic in Cincinnati

Local youth will have an opportunity to play with their big league heroes at the Major League Baseball Players Alumni Association (MLBPAA) Legends for Youth baseball clinic series on Thursday, July 13th. In conjunction with the Cincinnati Urban Youth Academy, the free clinic features former Major League Baseball players who will teach baseball skills, drills and life lessons for approximately 200...

Ark Encounter in Grant County celebrates one-year anniversary, exceeds state attendance projections

The internationally renowned Ark Encounter theme park south of Cincinnati, celebrated its first anniversary over the weekend, continuing to welcome thousands of guests to the massive 510-foot-long reproduction of Noah’s Ark. The life-sized Noah’s Ark that is the centerpiece of the Ark Encounter in Grant County. The attraction just celebrated its one-year anniversary (photo by Mark Hansel). The...

BreyerFest to hold annual horse festival at Kentucky Horse Park July 14-16; offers fun for the whole family

BreyerFest® Gateway to India has announced its annual horse festival, which will take place at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington for the 28th consecutive year! The festival will begin on July 14 and run through Sunday, July 16. Friday and Saturday the festival will open at 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Sunday from 9: a.m.-4 p.m. On Friday and Saturday evening, BreyerFest will host the BreyerFest Celebration...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Experimental stocking of fast-growing saugeye offers anglers another option

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune With every passing season, anglers are building their knowledge base about how to catch saugeye stocked in a handful of central and northern Kentucky lakes. A saugeye is a fast-growing cross between a walleye and sauger that can reach 15 to 19 inches in its second year. The hybridization is evident in the species’ physical appearance. Saugeye display the faint...

Gov. Bevin launches public awareness campaign to help combat opioids, highlights resources, treatment

Gov. Matt Bevin is urging all Kentuckians to help beat back the opioid epidemic with a new public awareness campaign that highlights the dangers of opioid abuse and offers information on drug treatment and naloxone. The campaign, launching this week, combines web content with statewide advertising to drive home a simple message: “Don’t Let Them Die.” The theme encourages Kentuckians to recognize...