• Hundreds expected to attend craft festival

    Landmark News Service
    Melvin Greene and his family have spent years building their business at craft shows across Kentucky and surrounding states. Now the family hopes to see others gain exposure through a local festival that’s expected to draw hundreds of visitors to Owen County.
    Greene’s family business, Greene’s Country Crafts, began as a small shop behind his residence about 18 years ago.

  • Work progresses toward January bridge opening

    By Sheldon S. Shafer
    The Courier-Journal
    It won’t be long now. The opening of the new downtown Louisville bridge is only months away.
    The new downtown bridge is scheduled to open to two-way traffic by January. Crews with Walsh Construction will then turn their attention to the Kennedy Bridge.
    More than $22 million in improvements are planned. A new floor system will be built on top of the Kennedy’s existing floor beams, adding decades of new life to the nearly 52-year old bridge.

  • Explanation of crop insurance hidden benefits

    By Traci Bruckner
    Center for Rural Affairs
    During the last farm bill debate we heard Congressional leaders say, farmers don’t get a check, they get a bill for their crop insurance.
    While that statement may be true, it’s also true that crop insurance is heavily subsidized, providing unlimited premium subsidies to the nation’s largest and wealthiest farms on every acre, every year, regardless of prices, production or farm profitability.
    We created a mock “explanation of benefits” to demonstrate the largess.

  • Rowan Clerk Kim Davis leaves jail

    By Bill Estep and Jack Brammer
    Lexington Herald-Leader
    Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis emerged from the Carter County jail Tuesday afternoon surrounded by Republican presidential candidate Mike Huckabee and her attorney, who vowed that Davis would continue her stand against same-sex marriage.
    “She will not violate her conscience,” said Mat Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, a nonprofit litigation firm that represents Davis.

  • State police participating in National Drug Take Back Day

    Kentucky State Police Post 5 Campbellsburg will be participating in the 10th annual National Prescription Drug Take Back Day on Saturday September 26, 2015. The program will take place at Kentucky State Police Post 5 located at 160 Citation Lane Campbellsburg, KY 40011 and will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

  • Kentucky State Police plan traffic checkpoints

    The Kentucky State Police will be conducting traffic safety checkpoints in the counties of Oldham, Trimble, Henry, Owen, Carroll and Gallatin during the period of September 1st through the 30th. This will be in addition to the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign that began in August and will continue through Labor Day, September 7th.

  • Stryker Orthopaedics offers free arthritis joint pain seminar

    La Grange, KY – Do you suffer from joint pain? Join Orthopaedic Surgeon Eugene Jacob, M.D., for a free seminar at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 24 to learn the latest treatment options for sufferers of joint pain. The seminar will be held at Baptist Health La Grange and includes light refreshments.
    Topics of discussion include arthritis of the hip and knee, surgical and non-surgical joint pain treatment options, new technologies in hip and knee replacement and reverse shoulder replacement.

  • Changes to Whole Farm Revenue insurance could increase access

    By Traci Bruckner
    Center for Rural Affairs
    USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) recently announced expansion of Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) crop insurance to all states and counties. WFRP was first made available for the 2015 crop year, and provides revenue insurance coverage on all of a farmer’s crops and animals under one policy. The policy was previously limited to certain states and counties.

  • Over $200 million needed for teachers’ retirement

    FRANKFORT—The Kentucky Teachers Retirement System pension fund will need an additional $520.4 million in state contributions to be fully funded next fiscal year, a state pension oversight board heard today.
    The $520.4 million is in addition to around $380 million paid out to KTRS from the state General Fund this fiscal year, state Deputy Budget Director John Hicks told the Public Pension Oversight Board. All funds are needed to help KTRS meet 100 percent of its ARC, or annual required contribution.

  • Cafe owners bet jet boats will propel business boom

    By Molly Haines
    Owenton News-Herald
    Despite Friday’s cloudy skies, the area around New’s Café, Antiques and Gold Star Bed & Breakfast bustled with excitement as passengers on the Rockin’ Thunder jet boat made a lunch stop at Gratz.
    The Rockin’ Thunder Jet Boat Rides LLC, based in Madison, Ind., offers the two-day Kentucky River Adventure for $199 per person. Cafe owners Earl and Linda New are hopeful the ride will help transform Gratz back into the busy river town it once was.