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Northern Kentuckians among Governor Andy Beshear’s latest board, commission appointments

Gov. Andy Beshear has made the following appointments to Kentucky boards and commissions: Gov. Beshear has appointed the Honorable Kimberly Geoghegan to the vacancy in the office of District Judge, Division 1, for the 8th Judicial District of Kentucky. Gov. Beshear has appointed the Honorable Robert Vincent Jennings of Richmond to the vacancy in the office of District Judge, Division 2, for the 25th...

Olympic debut increases exposure to rock climbing, and to the delicate locations home to climbing sites

By Haley Cush The Daily Yonder For the first time in its history, the Olympic Games will include climbing as one of its disciplines. The growth of the sport presents exciting opportunities, but there are also economic, environmental, and social concerns about climbing’s footprint on the rural communities that are home to the majority of the climbing sites. At the forefront of these concerns is how...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Ground blinds can offer advantages when hunting deer and turkey

Portable, pop-up camouflage ground blinds offer several advantages when bowhunting deer and wild turkeys. Portable ground blinds are light, set up and takedown in minutes and come with a cloth bag with shoulder straps so they can be carried into the field. They can be made to blend into any terrain, such as brushy fencerow, woods or overgrown fields, Just add leafy hardwood branches, cedar boughs or...

McCormick recalls three seasonings following routine FDA testing and potential salmonella risk

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Global seasoning, spice and condiments manufacturer McCormick & Company, Inc., is initiating a voluntary recall of several of their seasonings in Kentucky and more than 30 other states due to possible salmonella contamination. The products involved are McCormick Perfect Pinch Italian Seasoning, McCormick Culinary Italian Seasoning and Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Ranch...

UK’s rifle star Mary Tucker gets Olympic medal, making two medals for the team with Shaner’s gold

By Evan Crane University of Kentucky University of Kentucky rifle star Mary Tucker has her Olympic medal as she along with USA Shooting star Lucas Kozeniesky earned silver in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics mixed air rifle competition. Fellow UK star Will Shaner placed sixth overall with teammate Alison Marie Weisz. Tucker/Kozeniesky finished seventh in the first stage of qualifying to earn one of eight...

Sorely needed child tax credit payments a welcome boost for families across poverty-stricken region

By Kaitlin Thorne Ohio Valley ReSource The Robsons, like the vast majority of U.S. households with children, recently began receiving the Child Tax Credit – the latest part of the American Rescue Plan to be put into action. Jaclyn Robson says it was sorely needed. “I don’t want to have to work 60 hours a week just to make a decent wage,” Robson said. “I want to be able to stay at home with...

University of Kentucky’s Lee Keifer takes Olympic gold medal in fencing; Will Shaner in air rifle

By Whitney Hale and Nichole Jomantas University of Kentucky Lee Kiefer (right) takes the gold. University of Kentucky College of Medicine student and Lexington native Lee Kiefer became the first American woman to win a gold medal in the women’s individual foil event defeating reigning Olympic champion Inna Deriglazova (ROC) 15-13 in Tokyo. She also earned Team USA’s first fencing...

141st Fancy Farm picnic tradition program is shaping up, though there’s a counter-event in Louisville

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today The speaker’s list has expanded for the political speaking portion of the 141st Fancy Farm Picnic in western Kentucky on Aug. 7, but there are others who have declined to appear. 
The Fancy Farm Picnic takes place at St. Jerome’s Church in the small Graves County community of Fancy Farm in far western Kentucky as it has since 1880, when the congregation began serving...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Land management, setting tree stands and ground blinds for archery season

August is the time to get started on land management practices, and setting up treestands and ground blinds for the upcoming archery deer season. Recommended land practices include seasonal mowing, planting winter wheat, clover or other fall crops to establish a cool weather food source on their hunting property, and trimming vegetation around treestands and adding some natural camouflage to ground...

Kyians can pitch uses for bourbon industry’s surplus stillage for chance to enter reverse pitch competition

With the number of Kentucky distillers increasing 250 percent the past decade, the need to address the industry’s spent-grain byproduct known as stillage has grown as well. Now, innovators and entrepreneurs can submit creative ideas, technologies and solutions for expanded uses of the distilling byproduct. The top submitted ideas will enter a reverse pitch competition Oct. 25 during the 25th Distillers...

Chief Justice John Minton makes case for judicial redistricting to interim State Government committee

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Kentucky Supreme Court Chief Justice John D. Minton, Jr., made his case for judicial redistricting during a meeting of the General Assembly’s interim State Government committee on Tuesday. He spoke about the topic on both the local district and circuit trial courts, as well as at the appellate level. While lawmakers have passed legislation that moves one of two judgeships...

Recent roadside tragedy underscores the need for drivers to move over, slow down on Ky. roadways

The tragic death of a AAA tow truck driver in Ohio has highlighted the risks faced by emergency first responders in Kentucky and around the country. More than 80 drivers participated in a procession in honor of 32-year old Glenn Ewing during his funeral services last week. The tow truck driver was killed July 4 while placing a disabled vehicle onto the back of a flatbed on the side of the road. “When...

Over half of owners consider their pets when making vacation plans; tips for bringing your buddy along

By Berry Craig Building Kentucky Summer vacation time is upon us – and for many, that includes our pets. (Photo from Building Kentucky) More than half (52 percent) of pet owners consider their pets when planning vacations, and 16 percent stay-cation with their pets at home, according to 2021 MetLife poll of pet insurance policyholders. Searches for pet-friendly accommodations have been on the rise,...

First Team Kentucky Gallery exhibit unveiled at Capitol; first rotation in place through Dec. 31

Gov. Andy Beshear and First Lady Britainy Beshear recently unveiled the first exhibit in the Team Kentucky Gallery. The Beshears noted that the Capitol – “the people’s house” – is the best place to showcase the artistic talents of Kentuckians and to provide a voice for them as represented through art. “Now that the crisis of the pandemic is behind us and Kentuckians are able to visit the...

Daily Yonder: In Eastern Kentucky, farm-to-table food nurture’s relationships, builds strong communities

By Kim Kobersmith The Daily Yonder Featured prominently at the center of the Wrigley Taproom & Eatery in Corbin is a 24-foot community table running the full length of the dining room. It’s crafted from barn wood reclaimed at head chef Kristin Smith’s family farm, and it sets the stage for a convivial gathering spot with a deep sense of place. The Wrigley has the feel of a casual public house....