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County Connections: Gallatin County News among a shrinking number of locally owned newspapers

03/28/2017 07:15 PM

WARSAW — For Charles and Denny Warnick, Gallatin County provided a prime spot at the right price to get their start in the publishing world. The Gallatin County News has been in the Warnick family since the couple bought the weekly newspaper for $48,000 in 1978. “It’s written in blood on my heart,” Denny said during a recent interview at the newspaper’s office, which is attached to her home in Warsaw. Since then, and despite a pitch from Shelbyville-based Landmark Community Newspapers,... Read more 

County Connections: Sixth-generation farmer's family has a Confederate veteran to thank for its start in agriculture

03/28/2017 06:46 PM

WARSAW — Skip Smith has seen a lot in his 69 years, most of which have been spent on the grounds he and his family still farm to this day. Smith partners with his brother, Joe Smith, and works alongside his sons and grandsons, farming roughly 1,500 acres — mostly soy and corn — plus nearly 100 heads of cattle. “I like to tell people in my own career when I was a kid, we were still using horses out here on... Read more 

County Connections: Kentucky Speedway continues to be an economic driver for the region

03/28/2017 05:59 PM

SPARTA – Kentucky Speedway is in its 17th year of operation in Gallatin County, and the most known business in the county continues to be an economic generator for the region during its racing weeks. It’s estimated that the NASCAR World Truck Series, XFINITY Series, and Cup Series weekend at Kentucky Speedway brings in an estimated $100 million to local businesses for the week of the races which will be July 6 – 8 this year. Kentucky Speedway General Manager Mark Simendinger... Read more 

Northern Kentucky recovering heroin addict hopes to use his experience to help other addicts

03/27/2017 03:40 PM

BURLINGTON – Northern Kentucky native Josh Cobb began experimenting with drugs when he was 16 years-old going through his family’s medicine cabinet, the drug abuse nearly cost him his life. Over 10 years, Cobb became addicted to heroin before getting treatment in 2014. After being clean for 2 years, the 28-year-old overdosed on heroin laced with carfentanyl in September 2016, which left him completely paralyzed from the waist down, and on dialysis for some time before recovering to the point where... Read more 

Grant County needle exchange program showing success after first year of operation

03/23/2017 04:36 PM

DRY RIDGE – The Grant County Syringe Access Exchange Program has been in existence for one year and health officials say that so far, the program has been a resounding success. Under the program, addicts bring in their dirty needles to the Grant County office on Wednesday’s between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 pm, as well as other days and times by appointment. Addicts receive clean needles at that time in an attempt to eliminate the sharing of needles, which... Read more 

Student buy-in a key element in Dayton Independent Schools improvement

03/22/2017 09:34 PM

DAYTON – Six years ago, the Dayton Independent School district was failing after previous superintendent Gary Rye was sentenced to two years in federal prison for embezzling nearly $200,000 from the school district he led for more than a decade which prompted an audit of school system finances by former auditor Adam Edelen. To make matters worse, the district was ranked 171 of the 174 school districts in the state and morale was at an all time low for students and... Read more 

NKU hoping first NCAA appearance pays dividends off the court as well

03/13/2017 09:50 PM

HIGHLAND HEIGHTS – The Northern Kentucky University men’s basketball squad has made history this season in making the NCAA Division I tournament for the first time in school history, the first season that they were eligible to do so. While the team has been making a splash and impact on the court, the impact the appearance in the tourney could make for the university off the court could last long after the games are over. History has shown that there are positive... Read more 

Kentucky Museum has been educating students, adults and children for nearly 80 years on the WKU campus

02/28/2017 02:25 PM

BOWLING GREEN – The Kentucky Museum, located in the Kentucky Building on the campus of Western Kentucky University, houses six major permanent exhibits and several changing exhibits. There are a variety of partnerships, services, opportunities, workshops, camps and other outreach provided to the public each year. In addition, the museum works closely with WKU students and faculty to enhance instruction through a variety of tours, activities and programs. The museum also works with area K-12 teachers offering both tours and other... Read more 

WKU President Gary Ransdell satisfied with his 20-year tenure leading his alma mater

02/28/2017 02:22 PM

BOWLING GREEN – After 20 years, Dr. Gary Ransdell is retiring as president of Western Kentucky University, and admits that it has been a special experience leading his alma mater for the past two decades. Ransdell, a 1973 WKU grad, says one of the things that he’s most proud of during his tenure, is the unprecedented growth that WKU has seen. “When I started in 1997, I think we were at 14,500 students,” Ransdell said. “We’ve grown to something over 21,000... Read more 

Quarles named chair of GOP national agriculture organization

02/15/2017 07:40 PM

Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles has been named the chairman of Ag America, the national organization that represents Republican Commissioners and Secretaries of Agriculture. “Ryan Quarles exemplifies the future of agriculture, and the future of the Republican Party,” said Ag America President Tim Barnes in a press release. “When he was elected Commissioner in 2015 he was the youngest statewide elected official, of any party, in the country. He’s the face of our ag future and we look forward to his... Read more 


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