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State Ag Department offers events for beekeepers of all experience levels offered through May

Events aimed at educating beekeepers of all experience levels are scheduled through May 2017. “Beekeeping has a proud heritage in Kentucky, but it also has a promising future for honey production and pollination,” Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles said. “Whether you are a veteran beekeeper or just getting started, I hope you will take advantage of these opportunities to find out more about...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Driving Kentucky’s backroads reveals the aerial artistry of the American kestrel

Drive through Central Kentucky backroads and you might get to witness the aerial artistry of the American kestrel (Falco sparverius). These diminutive falcons can often be seen perched on a roadside telephone pole or wire, but what makes them so easy to spot is their signature move — hovering in mid air by rapidly beating their wings, then diving down on prey with outstretched talons. Distribution The...

Kentucky joins legal fight against the Stream Protection Rule, claiming state’s responsibility

Kentucky joined 12 other states in petitioning the United States District Court, in the District of Columbia, to enjoin the U.S. Office of Surface Mining Reclamation and Enforcement (OSMRE) from enforcing the Stream Protection Rule it finalized late last year. The complaint, filed today, alleges that the Stream Protection Rule fundamentally rewrites the Surface Mining Control and Reclamation Act (Act)...

Fireside Chats at Fort Boonesborough State Park in February features Kentucky historical figures

Fort Boonesborough State Park and the Fort Boonesborough Foundation will host a series of “Fireside Chats” with famous characters from Kentucky history beginning on Feb. 4, 2017. Suzanne Thomson will portray Mad Anne Bailey at a Fireside Chat at Fort Boonesborough State Park in February (provided photo). During each Saturday program, there will be a “Taste of Frontier Fare” from 5:30-6:15 p.m....

Closing after a shooting, Cincinnati’s largest soup kitchen reopens as an MLK reminder about love

Special to NKyTribune Our Daily Bread, Cincinnati’s largest soup kitchen, reopened today — on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. day — as a visible reminder that violence does not stop love.   Our Daily Bread was the site of a deadly shooting last January. The agency has been closed since that day in order to provide trauma counseling to staff and institute new security features designed to...

Old Time Kentucky: Gunboat to gunboat duel in the river would have been one-sided — if it happened

By Berry Craig NKyTribune columnist Most old-time Kentucky duels were fought with pistols. But early in the Civil War, it looked like honor would be settled gunboat-to-gunboat in the Mississippi River near Columbus. “Some people still saw war in terms of the old code duello,” surmised historian John Kelly Ross of Clinton, near Columbus. Ross cited a Jan. 27, 1862, New York Times story that claimed...

KY Horse Park withdraws from consideration to host ’22 World Equestrian Games, focusing on own goals

The Kentucky Horse Park Commission has voted to withdraw from consideration for hosting the ninth International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) World Equestrian Games, to be held in 2022.   Commission members expressed concerns regarding staging of the games and the potential conflict that hosting would create with the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park, including limitations on potential...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Squeezing out the last waterfowl hunting of the season

By Lee McClellan Special to NKyTribune In Kentucky, the coldest weather of the year often coincides with the best waterfowl hunting. This should prove especially true this year with the unusually warm start to the waterfowl hunting season that opened Thanksgiving Day. “Late winter seems to be our best duck and goose hunting due to the lower temperatures,” said Wes Little, migratory bird biologist...

Kentucky Farm Bureau receives organizational awards from AFB at annual convention

Kentucky Farm Bureau took home several organizational awards presented at this year’s American Farm Bureau Federation’s (AFBF) 98th annual convention. Kentucky Farm Bureau President Mark Haney (left) accepts the Pinnacle Award from AFBF President Zippy Duvall (provided photo). Each year state Farm Bureaus are presented awards in different categories related to a number of programs and initiatives. KFB...

James McNair for City Beat: Stan Chesley wanted in Ky, but Cincinnati isn’t interested in delivering him

More than a year after a Kentucky judge ordered the arrest of high-profile former lawyer Stan Chesley, it appears less and less likely that the Ohio criminal justice system will have anything to do with his apprehension. The arrest warrant, issued Oct. 29, 2015, by Boone County Circuit Judge James Schrand, has become something of a loose skunk in the Hamilton County courthouse. The warrant is still...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: You may have to alter your game plan for late season bow hunting success

As Kentucky’s 136-day archery deer season draws to a close, hunters are carefully picking their hunt locations and times to go afield, based on weather conditions and available food sources. Success comes to archers who alter their game plan from how they hunted earlier in the fall. In January deer hunker down, especially when snow covers the ground and temperatures plummet. They bed up, and move...

At epicenter of heroin crisis, little Powell County makes big decision, starting with needle exchanges

By Mary Meehan Ohio Valley Resource Sitting on top of the Bible on Pastor Brad Epperson’s desk at the Clay City First Church of God is a list of goals for his small congregation written in a looping cursive hand. “Our community ought to see the love of God in us, not just by our understanding of a compassionate Gospel, but our public acts of love,” is near the top. Epperson was born and raised...

KyCIR: Veteran investigator for state attorney general’s office fired for lying to grand juries

By R.G. Dunlop Kentucky Center for Investigative Reporting A veteran investigator for Attorney General Andy Beshear has been fired for misconduct that included lying to grand juries. David Reed Wilbers lied in at least two criminal cases in recent years, records show. He was the only witness to testify. Both cases eventually were dismissed. Wilbers also made “false or misleading” statements to...

Kentucky’s Chief Justice Minton confirmed as Obama appointment to State Justice Institute’s board

The U.S. Senate has confirmed President Obama’s nomination of Chief Justice of Kentucky John D. Minton Jr. to the State Justice Institute’s board of directors. The president nominated Chief Justice Minton in July and the Senate confirmed the nomination Dec. 10. His term on the board is through Sept. 17, 2019. “I congratulate Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John Minton on his confirmation...

Unbridled’s Song daughter, in foal to Tapit, brings top price — $1.025m — at first day of Keeneland sale

Siren Serenade, a daughter of Unbridled’s Song in foal to 2016 leading sire Tapit, sold to Don Alberto Corporation for $1,025,000 million to top’s Monday’s first session of the Keeneland January Horses of All Ages Sale.    Hill ‘n’ Dale Sales Agency, agent, consigned Siren Serenade, an 11-year-old half-sister to Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (G1) winner George Vancouver and Remsen (G2)...