Kentucky Press News Service

KSU's new fermentation and distillation program could lead to diverse distilling industry

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
Kentucky State University will offer a new program that prepares students for work in distillation and fermentation industries this fall. The undergraduate certificate in Fermentation and Distillation Sciences will fall under KSU's College of Agriculture, Communities and the Environment. Students will not only learn about alcohol distillation and fermentation but also about fermented foods like kimchi, a Korean side dish of salted and fermented vegetables, and kombucha, a sweetened fermented black or green tea drink. 2019-07-02T11:57:58-04:00

Fort Knox welcomes new leadership

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
U.S. Army Human Re­sources Command at Fort Knox welcomed Monday a new commanding general as Maj. Gen. Jason Evans passed the unit colors to Maj. Gen. Joseph Calloway during a change of comm­and ceremony at the Lt. Gen. Timothy J. Maude Complex. Calloway comes to the command from the Pentagon, where he ser­ved as director of military per­son­nel management since April 2017. He previously served at HRC from December 2015 to March 2017 as the command’s director of officer personnel management. 2019-07-02T11:54:19-04:00

Pre-filed bill would make time stand still in Kentucky

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
Kentucky soon could join more than a dozen other states in the movement to make daylight saving time permanent. Legislation was pre-filed Monday by state Rep. Bart Rowland of Tomp­kinsville and Rep. Brandon Reed of Hod­gen­ville. The measure, BR 181, would make daylight saving time permanent throughout the commonwealth, but only if Congress first passes a federal law allowing states to observe daylight saving time year-round. 2019-07-02T11:50:24-04:00

Boyle supports plan to improve access to I-75

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
A planned upgrade for Ky. 52 could make it faster and easier to travel between Danville and Richmond. Boyle County Fiscal Court officially stated its support Friday for the project, which would construct a new connector road in Madison County. Madison County is applying for a grant to help speed along the project, which would widen Ky. 52 and realign it to connect with Duncannon Lane/Ky. 2872, providing direct access to Interstate 75 at Exit 83. The approximately $12 million project would build 6.8 miles of road and result in shorter travel distances and times between I-75 and Lancaster, according to information from Madison County Fiscal Court. 2019-07-02T11:47:22-04:00

Nick Sandmann in court for first time in $250M defamation suit against Washington Post

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
Nick Sandmann, a Covington Catholic student seeking more than three-quarters of $1 billion against several media companies, was in court for one of the pending lawsuits for the first time on Monday. Sandmann sat in a blue suit between his lawyers, L. Lin Wood and Todd McMurtry, as arguments were heard in a federal courtroom in Covington. Nick's first defamation suit was filed against The Washington Post. He seeks $250 million for the paper's coverage of a late-January incident on the Lincoln Memorial in which Sandmann and his classmates encountered a Native American group. 2019-07-02T11:39:31-04:00

Mammoth Cave National Park celebrates 78 years

July 2, 2019 - 12:10pm
Kentucky’s underground kingdom, Mammoth Cave National Park, celebrated its 78th birthday Monday. The world’s longest known cave system became the 27th national park in America on July 1, 1941, and park staff decided to throw a party for its anniversary. “Back in 1941 we only had 44 miles of cave discovered, now we have 412 known miles, so we’re here to celebrate that with some free community events,” Park Ranger Emily Sweet said. 2019-07-02T11:34:05-04:00

‘Nicest’ designation is something to be proud of

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
There’s something special about small town life, especially in communities like ours. We also have been proud to share the many stories of people helping people in our newspaper. It seems our friendly little town and its people are getting a little recognition. It was announced last week that Winchester was selected as the nicest place in Kentucky. 2019-07-01T13:59:07-04:00

Kentucky Housing down-payment assistance helped me become a homeowner

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
I did it: I bought my first house, on my own merit, before I turned 30. This goal has been on my mind for a few years now, but the chances of it happening were looking grim. I mean, what 20-something has 20% for a house down payment saved amid student loan payments, car payments, rent and general life expenses? Not this one. It's no surprise that journalists are not rolling in dough, and saving for a down payment on your own is not easy. I had started to push the goal down the road, until I began reporting on the Kentucky Housing Corporation's $10,000 down-payment assistance program through its Hardest Hit Fund. 2019-07-01T13:53:13-04:00

Fancy Farm showdown should be event of the summer

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
Those who like their politics as hot as their barbecue won’t be disappointed at this year’s Fancy Farm Picnic at St. Jerome Catholic Church in far southwestern Kentucky. After a two-year hiatus, Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday that he will speak at the annual political rally — the traditional beginning of campaign season in the Bluegrass State. Not long after the governor confirmed his appearance, Democratic gubernatorial challenger and nemesis Attorney General Andy Beshear, who has spoken at the last two picnics, took to social media to spread the word that he would “see him there.” The two, who have tangoed many times in recent years, will be the main attraction at the picnic, which hosts 10,000-14,000 visitors each year in the tiny town with a population of less than 500. 2019-07-01T13:48:15-04:00

Lessons learned and taught

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
Outside of our families growing up, I believe that teachers and coaches are the most influential people in our young lives. Once we become alleged adults, those influences can change to bosses, spouses, friends and children. Never estimate the power of a child. Remember, they have no filters and tell it like it is. I was fortunate to meet Ray Vencill and his wife Betty two years ago when he was inducted into the Kentucky High School Basketball Hall of Fame. 2019-07-01T13:42:05-04:00

Bad drivers are worse when distracted

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
Psst — I will let everyone in on a little secret that only a few people know: I have a terrible affliction, but fortunately I have it under control. Yep, that is right. I have a terrible disease (Just ask my wife, she will tell you). It is called “bad-driver-itis,” but don’t for one second think it is a rare condition. I’ve come to terms with all the symptoms. 2019-07-01T13:37:52-04:00

It's the first day of July, and it's going to feel like it

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
It's the first day of July, and the heat is on – and it isn't going anywhere. Temperatures are expected to reach the 90s Monday afternoon, and that heat will likely last through Independence Day weekend. Those temperatures are about normal for the start of July, according to National Weather Service Louisville meteorologist Ryan Sharp, so get used to it. We may get a little relief, though, with scattered showers expected periodically through the week. 2019-07-01T13:20:05-04:00

Highlands, UK standout Jared Lorenzen 'fighting with everything he has' in hospital

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
One of Northern Kentucky’s most recognizable and successful former athletic stars is battling serious health issues. Jared Lorenzen, a 1999 Highlands High School graduate who went on to play for the New York Giants in the NFL, was hospitalized over the weekend. 2019-07-01T13:09:45-04:00

Kentucky county official allegedly sold drugs while running for re-election

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
A former Knox County magistrate illegally sold pain pills during the time he was running for re-election last year, a federal grand jury has charged. The grand jury indicted Jerry “Rabbit” Cox on a total of six charges of illegally distributing hydrocodone or oxycodone in March and April 2018. Cox was a candidate for the Republican nomination for magistrate in one of the county’s districts in the May 2018 primary. 2019-07-01T12:51:01-04:00

Mt. Vernon man safe after being swept away at Laurel Lake spillway Sunday

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
A rescue effort at the Laurel Lake spillway Sunday night had a happy ending, as a Mount Vernon man escaped uninjured. Zac Burrin went into the water below the spillway at approximately 4:40 p.m. when water went pouring through the dam to generate electricity. Burrin was one of four people fishing in the area. 2019-07-01T12:39:10-04:00

Bevin: ‘I’ll return coal severance’

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
Gov. Matt Bevin, who lost Pike County in the Kentucky Republican primary gubernatorial election in May, made a new campaign promise to the people of Eastern Kentucky and coal-impacted counties on Friday. Bevin announced that he would give 100 percent of Kentucky’s coal severance dollars to coal counties in the 2020-2021 state budget if elected, according to a press release from his campaign. For the last 20 years, state revenue collected from coal severance taxes has been split in half between the state general fund and coal counties. This would bring an additional $30 million to Eastern Kentucky, according to Bevin’s campaign. 2019-07-01T12:33:58-04:00

KSP investigating possible death by dog attack

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
Kentucky State Police are investigating the death of a Marshall County man believed to have been killed by dogs Friday. Troopers arrived at the scene in Gilbertsville around 8 p.m., where Brian S. Butler, 46, was found dead near a roadway. 2019-07-01T12:29:01-04:00

Detectives seek more information in double homicide

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
While a suspect is in custody and charged with murder in connection with the June 1 double-homicide at a party in Whitesville, detectives with the Daviess County Sheriff's Department are still seeking additional information about the incident. The work has continued, with investigators still making contacts with people who might have information about the shooting that killed two people and injured a third. 2019-07-01T12:26:11-04:00

Bevin favors returning 100 percent of coal severance dollars to coal counties

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
In a historic decision that will benefit coal counties and all of Kentucky, Gov. Matt Bevin announced that he will allocate 100 percent of Kentucky’s coal severance dollars to coal counties in the 2020-2021 state budget. For the last 20 years, state revenue collected from coal severance taxes has been split 50-50 between the state general fund and coal counties. Now, Gov. Bevin will ensure that 100 percent of that revenue is returned to coal counties so that these counties can continue to grow their local economies. 2019-07-01T12:16:13-04:00

Georgetown College names 25th president

July 1, 2019 - 3:09pm
After a comprehensive, nationwide search, Georgetown College announced in a press release that William A. Jones has been named as its 25th president. Jones was selected by a unanimous vote of the Georgetown College Board of Trustees. Jones comes to Georgetown from Bethany College in Lindsborg, Kansas. In three years of service there as president, he was able to dramatically increase enrollment and fundraising efforts while strengthening the college’s Christian and academic mission. By accepting the position at Georgetown, Jones is returning home to Kentucky. He's a graduate of Berea College. 2019-07-01T12:12:33-04:00

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