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Nation’s first HempWood operation to locate in Murray; $5.8M investment to create 25 FT jobs

Gov. Matt Bevin has announced that Fibonacci LLC will locate a HempWood manufacturing operation in Calloway County with a more than $5.8 million investment expected to create 25 full-time jobs. Bevin “The Commonwealth’s burgeoning hemp industry is quickly gaining national attention, and this exciting project will significantly intensify that spotlight,” Gov. Bevin said. “This hardwood alternative...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Longear sunfish, the most abundant in Ky. streams, adapts well to reservoirs

Editor’s Note: This is the fourth and last article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The longear sunfish (Lepomis megalotis ) is Kentucky’s most abundant stream sunfish, that adapts well to reservoirs impounded from major rivers. A beautifully-colored sunfish that is very familiar to anglers who fish rocky creeks, the longear is called a sun granny, or referred to simply...

GCEA announces 2019 solarize campaign to promote residential solar-energy installations in NKY

The Greater Cincinnati Energy Alliance has announced the launch of its 2019 Solarize campaign. The annual campaign, now in its fifth year, is designed to bring affordable solar-power solutions to homeowners in Northern Kentucky. Since the initial campaign in 2015, Solarize has provided more than 4,500 homeowners with a free analysis of the solar potential of their homes and helped more than 140 homeowners...

Graydon announces new leadership team; Greiner is managing partner, Smith named KY market leader

Graydon has announced the election of a new Executive Committee and its new Chair and Managing Partner, Jack Greiner.  Greiner The members of the Committee include:  Steve Goodin Jack Greiner (Chair & Managing Partner) Dan Heyd Tom Prewitt Dan Reitz Kent Wellington Greiner, a veteran of Graydon for over 31 years, is a commercial litigator with an emphasis on communications and media law. He is...

State Ag Commissioner Ryan Quarles says hemp product sales are 3.5 times more than last year

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles announced that sales of Kentucky hemp products in 2018 were more than 3½ times higher than the previous year and that the amount that farmers were paid for their harvests more than doubled. “When I became Commissioner of Agriculture, I promised to make Kentucky the epicenter of hemp production in the United States,” Commissioner Ryan Quarles said....

National Fitness Challenge Creates opportunities for CABVI athletes to train for Yes You Can 5K

Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired (CABVI) received a grant from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield Foundation to create opportunities for individuals to participate in the National Fitness Challenge. National Fitness Challenge participants at Monthly Team Rally Meeting.Back row from L to R: Chris Windham, Jeffrey Tolliver, Dave Perry, April McKinney, Mary Ann Donelan, Jerome...

KYSTATS report: Unemployment rates rise in 72 Kentucky counties the past year, drop in 37 others

Unemployment rates fell in 37 Kentucky counties between January 2018 and January 2019, rose in 72, and stayed the same in 11 counties, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), 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 Fayette County, 3.3 percent; Oldham...

The Week in the Capitol: Taxes, expungement, election laws, tobacco-free schools, midwives and more

FRANKFORT — Taxes, felony expungement, and election laws were among the high-profile issues under the spotlight this week as the General Assembly’s 2019 session neared its final day.   This week was the busiest of the year at the State Capitol as lawmakers worked into the evening to put the final touches on bills that they wanted to get across the finish line by the end of the night on March...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Rock bass, at home in rocky, cool waters, are a favorite with stream fishermen

Editor’s Note: This is the third article in a series about Kentucky’s native sunfish species. The rock bass (Ambloplites rupestris) is most often caught from rocky, cool water streams in Central and Eastern Kentucky. A favorite with stream fishermen, the rock bass in known by the common names of red-eye or goggle-eye. Statewide, there’s no daily creel limit, with no minimum size limit. The...

Woven treasures basketry area, Homer Ledford Award among highlights of Kentucky Crafted Market

Visitors to The Kentucky Crafted Market, March 16-17 at the Kentucky Horse Park’s Alltech Arena, are guaranteed to find the best Kentucky-made art and craft, but they can also learn about the techniques and traditions of two well-known Kentucky art forms. Kentucky basket makers will demonstrate and answer questions about their work in the Woven Treasures area both days at The Kentucky Crafted Market....

Kentucky House passes tobacco-free schools bill, 85-11, and it now goes to Senate for approval

A number of business and health organizations applauded the House Tuesday for passing a bill to make Kentucky K-12 school property tobacco-free with a vote of 85 to 11. The tobacco-free schools bill, HB11, championed by Rep. Kim Moser of NKY, had passed unanimously out of the House Health and Human Services Committee on February 7. It now goes to the Senate for consideration where Sen. Ralph Alvarado...

February reports on general fund and road fund receipts — revenue has grown in fiscal year 3.2 percent

State Budget Director John Chilton has reported that General Fund receipts climbed 8.4 percent in February with revenues of $859.4 million. February’s receipts compare favorably to the $793.0 million collected in February 2018.  Through the first eight months of FY19, the General Fund has grown 3.2 percent.  The official General Fund revenue estimate for FY19 calls for revenue to grow 3.3 percent...

Bi-partisan task force promotes Kentucky’s 2020 census and the importance of participation

The 2020 Census State Task Force, Governor Matt Bevin, and others gathered in the Capitol Rotunda last week to promote awareness of the upcoming United States Census count.   Those attending the “one year out” event heard from members of the 2020 Census State Task Force, a group made up of state legislators, leaders, and stakeholders, who encouraged statewide participation in the 2020 U.S. Census....

AAA: As we ‘spring forward,’ return to Daylight Saving Time increases driving drowsiness, dangers

One of the most anticipated “signs of spring” arrives this weekend when the clocks “spring forward” (Daylight Saving Time officially began at 2 a.m. today), and we lose an hour of sleep in exchange for extended daylight hours throughout the summer. However, Monday morning’s commute will look very different for school students waiting for buses and motorists driving to work. “Most people...

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate drops to 4.2 percent

Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary January 2019 unemployment rate was 4.2 percent, according to the Kentucky Center for Statistics (KYSTATS), an agency within the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet. The unemployment rate for January 2019 was down from the 4.3 percent reported for December 2018. The preliminary January 2019 jobless rate was down 0.1 percentage points from...