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  • ELECTION 2011: Agriculture Commissioner

    James Comer

    Republican candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

     

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    JC: I've been a lifelong farmer. I'm a fifth generation farmer. I love agriculture. I love farmers and farm communities, and I know I can make a difference and take agriculture to the next level.

     

    2. What experiences and qualifications have prepared you to serve as commissioner of agriculture?

  • ELECTION 2011: Agriculture Commissioner

    Bob Farmer

    Democratic candidate for Commissioner of Agriculture

     

    1. Why are you seeking this office?

    BF: Well, you I come at it from a different angle than a lot of people seeking office. I've had my own business for 30 years, marketing, advertising, public relations. And I want to use my life skills as a business person, a marketing person, 'cause that's a big big part of this job, marketing, to help the people of Kentucky and rural Kentuckians, in particular.

  • ELECTION 2011: Its Farmer vs. a farmer in race for agriculture commissioner

    By Stephen Lega
    Landmark News Service


    One candidate to be Kentucky’s Commissioner of Agriculture has done stand-up comedy. His opponent thinks his campaign is a joke.

    The Democratic candidate, Robert “Bob” Farmer of Louisville operates his own marketing firm, in addition to his occasional comedy performances. James Comer of Monroe County, the Republican candidate, is a farmer who has also served as a state representative.

  • $28 million due to feds may force special legislative session

    By Kevin Wheatley

    The State Journal

    Gov. Steve Beshear will call a special session to handle a looming $28 million interest payment on a federal loan for unemployment benefits if no other options are available, his spokeswoman says.

    The outlook for business owners statewide is bleak if Kentucky misses the Sept. 30 deadline, several say, and they’re waiting to see what happens. At stake is roughly $600 million in federal tax credits they could lose.

  • New manufacturing facilities to bring nearly 40 jobs to Gallatin County

    Gov. Steve Beshear Tuesday announced Core Molding Technologies, a plastics molding company, will establish a new operating subsidiary and manufacturing location in Warsaw. The operation, which will support a significant new business venture outside the company’s traditional heavy truck customer base, will create 39 new jobs and entail a more than $3 million investment.

  • Milton-Madison bridge beam comes through Bedford
  • Gallatin County opens Public Library Workforce Center

    Gallatin County and any other area residents seeking employment opportunities now have more computer access, training and job workshops available to them at the new Public Library Workforce Center at the Gallatin County Public Library.

    The Gallatin and Carroll county libraries are two of the 45 public libraries in the state that have a PLWC.

    The centers house computers and software that will be used to provide training in a formal workshop setting.

  • United Citizens Bank earns superior rating

    BauerFinancial, Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., the nation’s leading bank rating and research firm, recently announced that United Citizens Bank and Trust, based in Campbellsburg, has not only endured the latest financial crunch, but has emerged as a preeminent example of community banking.

    BauerFinancial bestowed its highest 5-Star Superior rating on United Citizens Bank and Trust. This rating denotes the highest level of strength and performance that a bank can receive, according to a Bauer news release.

  • Time Warner Cable to buy Insight for $3 billion

    By Scott Sloan

    Lexington Herald Leader

    National cable giant Time Warner Cable, which operates in many areas in Central Kentucky, announced Monday that it will acquire Insight Communications, the largest cable operator in Kentucky, in a $3 billion deal.

    Many in the industry have long expected the deal, given that Insight’s operations are so close geographically to some of Time Warner Cable’s and that Insight’s ownership shopped the company around in 2007.

  • Fancy Farm turns up the heat in Kentucky political campaigns

    By Scott Wartman

    The Kentucky Enquirer

    Gov. Steve Beshear on Saturday at the Fancy Farm Picnic spoke about his trip to the Middle East and drew the ire of his opponents, who criticized the governor for not talking about state issues.