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  • Lock construction key to opening up Ky River

    By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    The gates at Lock 4 are being repaired as part of an ongoing project to reopen more than 60 miles of the Kentucky River from Frankfort to the Ohio River.

    The Kentucky River Authority is using $4 million in excess construction funds for repairs at locks 1, 2, 3 and 4 within the next two years, according to KRA Executive Director Jerry Graves.

    The project will open 64 miles of the river from Frankfort to Carrollton boat traffic, Graves said.

  • New Kentucky laws go into effect July 12, include copper theft, meth labs

     Kentucky Press News Service

    FRANKFORT - New laws approved during the Kentucky General Assembly’s 2012 regular session go into effect on July 12.

    That means passengers in large vans will soon be required to buckle up. Copper thieves won’t be able to sell stolen materials for quick cash at recycling centers. And meth producers will have a harder time getting large amounts of a key ingredient needed to make their illegal drugs, according to a news release from the Legislative Research Commission.

  • New section of Milton-Madison Bridge lifted onto temporary piers this week

    By DAVE TAYLOR

    Landmark News Service

    Lift preparations were still under way at press time Tuesday in anticipation of “strand-jacking” the first truss section of the new Milton-Madison Bridge onto its temporary piers.

    The procedure began early Monday when, with the assistance of several tug boats, the 600-foot span, constructed on barges docked on the Milton side of the Ohio River, was floated from the shoreline to the base of the temporary piers, downstream of the existing bridge.

  • The Amish: keeping life simple

    By Brad Bowman

    Landmark News Service

    Amos and David Troyer’s family want to live the old-fashioned way. Not just because they are Amish, but because they want to keep life simple.

    Buggies frequently travel U.S. 421 and along the back roadways in Henry County. They are just as much a part of our rural landscape as tractors and hay wagons. The Amish are often seen, but, as a people, are not always heard.

  • Country artists LoCash Cowboys to perform free concert Saturday at Kentucky Speedway

    SPARTA, Ky. – Dynamic Bud Light country music entertainers LoCash Cowboys will amp up Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series (NCSCS) “Quaker State 400” race day energy when they storm the Budweiser Stage for a free concert on the concourse at 3 p.m., Saturday, June 30.

  • Lexington native, entertainer Bundy to sing National Anthem

    Versatile star of stage, screen and country music radio Laura Bell Bundy will honor America when she sings “The Star-Spangled Banner” before the green flag waves for Kentucky Speedway’s NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Quaker State 400 on Saturday, June 30. 

  • Michael Waltrip Racing, Aaron’s to honor UK men’s basketball championship at QS 400 race weekend

    SPARTA, Ky. – Michael Waltrip Racing (MWR) and sponsor Aaron’s, Inc., will honor the 2011-12 University of Kentucky NCAA Men’s Basketball Championship during Kentucky Speedway’s June 28-30 Quaker State 400 tripleheader weekend by racing a special paint scheme on No. 55 “Dream Machine” driven by Kentuckian Michael Waltrip and placing the Wildcats’ National Championship trophy on display for fans throughout the weekend.

  • Central Ky. residents called to participate in historic cancer research effort

  • Warm winter could cause an increase in mosquitoes, UK professor says

    By Amanda Hancock

    Lexington Herald-Leader

    Mosquitoes are out for blood in Central Kentucky earlier and in mightier form this summer.

    While some experts are predicting this summer to be one of the worst for mosquitoes in decades, Grayson Brown, professor of entomology at the University of Kentucky, said there’s no way of knowing until summer is in full swing. The life span of a mosquito is relatively short, a few months at most, but mosquitoes have been building up their numbers since March and will be noticeable in the upcoming months.

  • Online voting will aid a park with recognition, cash grant

     Fans of Kentucky State Parks have a chance to vote for their favorite park through the third annual Coca-Cola “America is Your Park” contest.

    The park with the most votes will receive a $100,000 recreation grant from Coca-Cola. The second-place park will receive $50,000, and third place will receive $25,000. These recreation grants are provided to help restore, rebuild or enhance activity areas in parks where people can play and be active.

    The deadline for voting is July 15, 2012.