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County Connections: Maker's Mark continuing to produce wax dipped bottles for over a half century

10/25/2017 10:08 AM

LORETTO – The Maker’s Mark Distillery continues to welcome visitors to their Marion County facility where folks can get a behind-the-scenes at the production process. The distillery was established in 1953 on the site of an old 1800’s grist mill. On October 1, 1953, T. William “Bill” Samuels Sr., purchased the “Burks’ Distillery” in Loretto, Kentucky, for $35,000. Bourbon production began in 1954, and the first run was bottled in 1958 under the brand’s distinctive dipped red wax seal. Director of Visitor... Read more 

Three Kentucky universities listed among WalletHub's 2018 Best Colleges and Universities

10/23/2017 02:36 PM

WalletHub has released its rankings for 2018’s Best Colleges and Universities, and three schools in Kentucky crack the Top-500. The schools include Spalding University (225th), University of Louisville (345th) and Brescia University in Owensboro (349th). The WalletHub study compared 973 colleges and universities across seven categories, including student selectivity, cost and financing, faculty resources, campus safety, campus experience, educational outcomes and career outcomes. The University of Pikeville was ranked among the lowest in two categories. The study found the university to have the... Read more 

Work underway to replace aging bridge in Mercer County

10/23/2017 10:37 AM

MERCER COUNTY – Work is finally getting underway for a new bridge over Herrington Lake in Mercer County. The new bridge will replace a nearly 100 year old steel bridge that has out lived most expectations. The Kennedy Mill Bridge at Herrington Lake is just one example of the crumbling infrastructure in the commonwealth. The American Society of Civil Engineers has given Kentucky a D- for spending for needed repairs. Reporter Richard Essex has the story.  Read more 

Cincinnati and northern Kentucky partnering to bring businesses and jobs to the region

10/17/2017 01:55 PM

ERLANGER – Looking at ways to attract new business, retain existing business, and bring about new capital investment and jobs to the northern Kentucky/Cincinnati region was the subject of this months Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce Eggs N Issues breakfast. Dan Tobergte, President and CEO of Northern Kentucky Tri-ED, and Johnna Reeder, President and CEO of REDI Cincinnati, discussed how partnerships between their two organizations are essential in today’s business landscape to attract employers to the area. The region is... Read more 

Cannabis oil producer in Kentucky says talk of legalizing marijuana bad for business

10/13/2017 10:27 AM

As one GOP lawmaker proposes legalizing marijuana in Kentucky for recreational uses in an effort to generate needed tax revenue, there’s already a market for cannabis in Kentucky, and at least one of those producers doesn’t want to compete with marijuana. One of the first producers of cannabis oil and products is Kentucky Cannabis Company in Lexington; he says talk of legalizing marijuana is not helping his industry. The owner of Kentucky Cannabis Company Bill Polyniak and his staff are... Read more 

Training to work in the film industry is part of unique university partnership

10/09/2017 02:48 PM

WILMORE – Kentucky’s growing film industry needs more skilled workers, and a new workforce development partnership between the Kentucky Film Office and Asbury University is aimed at that need. The goal of the Kentucky Film Initiative is to provide additional local workers to work on film crews throughout the state. So far this year the Kentucky Film Office has approved 136 movies for production, and there’s a need for Kentuckians to help on set. Dr. Jim Owens, Dean of the Asbury... Read more 

Taking a closer look at the relationship between big-time college athletics and apparel providers

09/29/2017 04:40 PM

On the heels of a federal indictment implicating, but not charging, University of Louisville basketball coaches and an Adidas official in a pay-to-play scheme to land a coveted high school recruit, what will change in the relationship between big-time college athletics and apparel providers? T.J. Beisner, host of Kentucky Sports Television, says don’t expect much to change unless the NCAA demands it, particularly with some deals running in the nine figures. U of L, for instance, recently inked an extension with... Read more 

Brent Cooper looks at future challenges as a he takes over as head of NKY Chamber

09/29/2017 12:53 PM

COVINGTON – Brent Cooper previously served twice as interim president of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, but last month, Cooper was named the sixth president and CEO of the chamber. Cooper, 47, who founded Covington-based C-Forward Information Technologies 18 years ago and turned it into one of the leading IT companies in the region, is looking forward to leading the regions business community. Cooper says he first consulted with a number of business associates about taking the job because he... Read more 

County Connections: John James Audubon State Park features world class collection related to the famous artist

09/27/2017 02:00 PM

HENDERSON – Henderson County is home to John James Audubon State Park, established in 1938 and one of the oldest parks in the system. While the park is named after the famous painter of birds, park director Mark Kellen says that there’s a whole lot more to the park than just art history. “We have over a 1,300 acre park, we have some cabins with wood-burning fireplaces in them, we have camping, you have golf, we have a recreation lake where... Read more 

County Connections: Police department and NAACP look to open doors of communication in Henderson

09/27/2017 11:19 AM

HENDERSON – Henderson Police Chief Chip Stauffer and Deborah Jackson Hoda, president of the Henderson NAACP, facilitated a forum on Monday, September 18 to talk about concerns and questions local residents have about community policing. Hoda felt that the meeting was worthwhile and an effort to keep both sides in communication with one another, and avoid the conflicts that have been seen around the country. One of Hoda’s biggest concerns is the fact that youths have so little to do... Read more 


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