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SBA offers disaster loans to businesses, nonprofits in Bracken, Campbell, Pendleton and Mason

The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that Economic Injury Disaster Loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and private nonprofit organizations located in Bracken, Campbell, Mason and Pendleton counties in Kentucky as a result of excessive rain and flooding from Sept. 1, 2018 through July 3, 2019.   “These...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A look at Kentucky’s elk population; facts about elk seasons from 2017-2019

Editor’s note: This is the third article in an occasional series on elk in Kentucky. Elk (Cervus canadensis) in North America are divided into six subspecies by biologists, two which are extinct. According to a post on the Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation (REMF) website, more than 10 million elk roamed nearly all of the U. S. and parts of Canada, prior to European settlement. The Rocky Mountain...

Kentucky tourism increases in 2018 to an $11.2 billion impact for 94,500 job, $787m in state, local taxes

Visitor spending and visitation growth in Kentucky both increased in 2018 according to a study from Tourism Economics, the Kentucky Department of Tourism’s new research partner. Visitor trips to and within the Commonwealth topped 71.6 million in 2018, with visitor spending climbing to nearly $7.6 billion, a 3.7 percent increase over the prior year and 21 percent increase since 2013. “Tourism continues...

Former UofL board chairman testifies president was aware a trustee funded basketball sex parties

By Russ Brown Kentucky Today Consider this: You are the chairman of the board of trustees at the University of Louisville. The U of L president tells you that a member of the board was the cash source of payments made to the strippers and prostitutes in the school’s sex parties two years ago. Would you: (a) demand to know the identity of the culprit; (b) pass that information on to authorities...

Kentucky gun violence ‘twice as high’ as New York City’s, says Gun Violence Archive

By Nadia Ramagan Public News Service Kentucky tops New York City when it comes to gun fatalities, according to Mark Bryant, a Harlan County native and Lexington resident who leads the Gun Violence Archive.   PNS/Adobe Stock Formed in 2013, the research group compiles gun death information from thousands of sources around the country. Bryant said no one had been keeping accurate statistics on gun deaths. “Whereas...

Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North in Williamstown earns top score in nation after two-day inspection

After a meticulous two-day inspection by the National Cemetery Administration (NCA), Kentucky Veterans Cemetery North (KVCN) scored 96 – the highest score of any state veterans cemetery in the country. “The very highest standards are what we strive to reach every day,” said Benjamin Adams, Commissioner of the Kentucky Department of Veterans Affairs, which operates five state veterans cemeteries...

State Fair coming up; check out informative, fun Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources area

Take a selfie with a bear at the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife Resources’ Bear Wise Exhibit. See some critters. Meet “Kentucky Afield” Television Host Chad Miles. Check out the department’s colorful new prescribed burn truck and equipment. There’s a lot to do when you visit the Kentucky Fish and Wildlife booth at the Kentucky State Fair Aug. 15-25. Follow the crowds to the Main Street area...

Phoenix Paper Plans $200 Million recycling facility at Ballard County mill one year after purchasing facility

Phoenix Paper LLC plans to invest $200 million to build a paper recycling facility on the grounds of the Wickliffe mill it purchased only a year ago, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday. “This new recycling facility will bring a tremendous amount of additional economic activity to the West Kentucky region for decades to come. The project will further support Phoenix Paper’s commitment to create 500...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: A preview of Kentucky’s fall hunting seasons; update on tick activity across state

It’s summer, it’s hot, but Kentucky’s calendar of fall hunting seasons begins next week. Here are some details and observations: • Squirrel season, a 195-day split season opens August 17 and continues through February 29. The daily bag limit is six squirrels. Kentucky is heavily forested with hardwood trees and that means squirrels are abundant. Populations are stable but fluctuate slightly...

Farmer’s Markets Week: Double Dollars doubles nutrition benefits at 41 markets across state

On Farmers’ Markets Week, Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles joined leaders of the Community Farm Alliance (CFA) and other partners to raise awareness of a state program that makes more fresh, local produce available to low-income Kentuckians. Kentucky Double Dollars doubles federal SNAP, WIC, and Senior nutrition benefits at 41 participating farmers’ markets in the Commonwealth. This...

KY town with moxie, history of slavery dedicated statue of native, a pioneering black woman journalist

By Al Cross University of Kentucky In a little park amid the main intersection in downtown Russellville, Kentucky, stands a monument to the Confederate dead of Logan County, which borders Tennessee and before the Civil War had an economy based on slavery. No one pays much attention to the monument and its statue of a soldier anymore; business in the town of 7,000 no longer revolves around the square...

Gannett Co., GateHouse Media announce merger, become largest newspaper group in U.S.

The Rural Blog America’s two largest newspaper chains, GateHouse Media and Gannett Co., announced their long-anticipated merger Monday afternoon. “Gannett shareholders will receive consideration of $12.06 a share in cash in stock, based on New Media [Investment Group]’s Friday closing price, with a promise of $6.25 in cash and 0.5427 of a New Media share for each Gannett share,”...

Report shows Ky. lawmakers fall short on cancer-fighting policies; state tops nation in cancer deaths

Kentucky is falling short when it comes to implementing policies and passing legislation to prevent, reduce suffering and death from cancer, according to the latest edition of “How Do You Measure Up?: A Progress Report on State Legislative Activity to Reduce Cancer Incidence and Mortality.” “This report shows that we must do more to reduce suffering and death from cancer. But we have the power...

Fancy Farm: Attorney General candidates Cameron, Stumbo show off some fancy speaking too

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today FANCY FARM, Ky. (KT) — Fireworks were not limited to gubernatorial candidates at the Fancy Farm Picnic and political speaking event on Saturday. 

The candidates for attorney general also got some good licks in on each other. 

Republican Daniel Cameron took his Democratic opponent Greg Stumbo to task on a number of issues.  Attorney General candidates: Cameron...

Keeneland catalogs 4,644 yearlings for 2019 September Sale; Book 1 will cover first three days

Keeneland has announced that 4,644 yearlings have been cataloged for the 76th annual Keeneland September Yearling Sale to be held Sept. 9-22. The auction, which attracts the Thoroughbred industry’s most prominent domestic and international buyers to purchase horses to compete at the highest levels of racing globally, features a revised format for Books 1 and 2 among the changes and enhancements to...