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Unemployment rates up in 83 Kentucky counties in April 2017 – Woodford County remains state’s lowest

Unemployment rates rose in 83 Kentucky counties between April 2016 and April 2017, fell in 28 and stayed the same in nine counties, according to the Kentucky Office of Employment and Training, an agency of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. Woodford County recorded the lowest jobless rate in the Commonwealth at 3.1 percent. It was followed by Shelby County, 3.4 percent; Oldham...

Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park reopened after repairs from fire — plan to visit

State and local officials officially reopened the Jesse Stuart Lodge at Greenbo Lake State Resort Park, following repairs from a fire that closed the building in 2015.  “We’re glad to have the Greenbo Lake lodge back open as one of our 17 resort parks,” Parks Commissioner Donnie Holland said. “I commend the park staff for their hard work and patience.”  A fire on Oct. 4, 2015, forced the...

Memorial Day ceremonies at KY veterans cemeteries, nursing homes, McDaniel to keynote in Williamstown

Kentucky’s four state veterans cemeteries and three veterans nursing homes will hold ceremonies this Memorial Day holiday honoring those who have died for our country. Services will begin at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown Monday. Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Central, (KVCC) Radcliff:  Service begins at 11:30 a.m. EDT, Monday May 29. KVCC is collaborating with Fort...

Ag Commissioner Quarles warns farmers about hay-buying scam; offers some tips for good transactions

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles is cautioning area farmers to stay alert for possible scams targeting hay buyers and sellers. “The Kentucky Department of Agriculture (KDA) has received several reports of fraudulent hay-buying activity in recent weeks,” Quarles said. “Farmers should take extra care to protect themselves from scam artists when buying or selling commodities such...

Speed demons beware, new crop of state troopers on the road this summer through accelerated program

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Consider adjusting that cruise control because in a couple of months Kentucky State Police will be adding a lot more troopers on the road.
 Sixty-three cadets reported to the Kentucky State Police Academy to begin an accelerated training program lasting 12 weeks instead of the normal 24. The program is for current police officers with at least two years of experience.
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Art Lander’s Outdoors: Of all the Asian exotic threats to woodlands, chestnut blight stands out as worst

Anglers bemoan the scourge of Asian carp — silver and bighead carp — fouling our rivers and lakes at the expense of bass, crappie, striped bass, walleye and other game fish. Land managers spend thousands of dollars and man hours eradicating Asian Bush Honeysuckle, which forms dense thickets in forest understories, shading out, and out-competing native vegetation, posing a threat not only...

After 35 years, Kentucky Book Fair leaving Frankfort for move to Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena

The Kentucky Book Fair, which draws thousands each November, is moving to Lexington because of the pending demolition of the Frankfort Convention Center. Kentucky Humanities Project Manager Brooke Raby told The (Frankfort) State Journal that there was no alternative site in Frankfort to host the event. The fair, which former State Journal Editor Carl West founded in 1981, has historically been at the...

Lucky For Life lottery winner wants to remain anonymous, took the $5,750,000 cash option

The Lucky For Life top prize winning ticket has been claimed. The winner, who wishes to remain anonymous, opted to take the $5,750,000 cash option instead of the guaranteed $1,000 a day for life annuity prize. The winning ticket – an image of which is attached – was sold at Go Time, located at 12056 Campton Road in Slade. The store received a $73,000 bonus for selling the winning ticket.

Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky investment in community partnerships making children healthier

A five-year, $3 million Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky initiative focused on children’s health is helping change community policies and environments, improve physical activity and nutrition, and strengthen health coalitions in seven Kentucky communities. The grants are also providing useful lessons for place-based grant-makers, according to an independent evaluation released by the Foundation. The...

For a deeper dive into Kentucky’s Bourbon culture, try the one-day ‘Higher Proof Expo’ experience

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp has unveiled a new day-long workshop packed with unique educational and tasting sessions led by top industry professionals, capped with a vintage spirits appraisal from one of the country’s top collectors.   The Higher Proof Expo will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott East, the official host hotel for the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Memorial Day is the official kick-off for the state’s summer boating season

By Kevin Kelly Special to NKyTribune Kentucky’s lakes and streams are bound to be crowded with anglers, paddlers and pleasure boaters during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Boating safety officials want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. “On really busy holidays, the boat’s operator has to remain extremely attentive,” said Zac Campbell, boating education...

UW’s volunteer tax collaborative returns more than $20 million in refunds to local families

Over $20 million in tax refunds were returned to local families in the Greater Cincinnati region, thanks to United Way of Greater Cincinnati’s Regional Volunteer Tax Assistance Collaborative. Nearly 17,000 federal tax returns have been prepared in 2017 for local families at sites across Southwest Ohio, Northern Kentucky and Southeast Indiana. Collaborative partners include United Way of Greater...

Fyda Freightliner announces aftermarket parts availability for Peterbilt & International applications

Fyda Freightliner has announced that all dealer locations now offer aftermarket parts for Peterbilt and International applications in a move to expand its parts business to a wider customer base. Fyda Freightliner is an authorized dealer of Freightliner trucks, with select dealer locations also being Western Star and/or Sprinter authorized. All Fyda Freightliner dealerships sell all-makes used commercial...

College is expensive – Kentucky 529 College Savings Plan offers matching contribution for new accounts

As another school year draws to a close, 529 Day (May 29) is the perfect time for Kentucky families to start their college savings with help from the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust (KESPT). Kentucky’s 529 college savings plan is celebrating 529 Day with a special four-day matching promotion. Eligible individuals who open a new KESPT account online at kysaves.com/529day, between 12:01 a.m....

James McNair, City Beat: UC’s investments, some in secret hedge funds, lost $8.3m last year

College alumni and the parents of college students have grown quite accustomed to the persistent phone calls and snail-mail pleas for donations. It’s not like the robo-call you just hang up on, or the junk mail you trash. Colleges have a place in the heart. Their base wants to help. The University of Cincinnati is right up there in turning former students into donors. Its endowment of nearly $1.2...