Plans advance for rebuilding flood-prone Kentucky communities on ‘higher ground’

BY: - May 24, 2023

The state has hired two engineering firms to plan and develop housing at two Eastern Kentucky sites for survivors from last summer’s devastating floods. Both are on former surface mines, and Gov. Andy Beshear indicated that others could be announced soon. Beshear said last week that H.A. Spalding Engineers of Hazard will design infrastructure, including […]

Kentuckians lacked forecasting, broadband as July storms quickly swelled into deadly flood

BY: and - March 27, 2023

This story is a collaboration between The Daily Yonder and Grist. For more, watch the Daily Yonder’s video “How Broadband and Weather Forecasting Failed East Kentucky.”  Terry Thies wasn’t worried about the rain that pounded on her roof last July.  She had received no flood warnings before going to sleep that night. Besides, her part […]

Kentucky small farm wineries seek to self-distribute more product

BY: - February 16, 2023

FRANKFORT — Kentucky’s small farm wineries are asking lawmakers to let them sell up to 30,000 gallons of wine annually to licensed retailers, but the Wine and Spirits Wholesalers of Kentucky says that’s too much. Charles George, executive director of the wholesalers group, told a legislative committee that the wholesalers would support direct sales to […]

Kentucky agriculture group named to address large animal vet shortage

BY: - February 3, 2023

Kentucky Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles has named a working group of agriculture industry stakeholders to search for “solutions to the state’s large animal vet shortage,” the Agriculture Department said Friday.  A shortage of large animal veterinarians across the country has created “a negative impact as farmers search to find the veterinary care they need […]

U.S. Education Secretary Cardona visiting Hazard Thursday

BY: - January 18, 2023

U.S. Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona will travel to Hazard Thursday to spotlight new federal funding for Partners for Rural Impact, a “place-based partnership” founded by Dreama Gentry that works to create student opportunity and success in Appalachia. Accompanying him will be Geoffrey Canada, president of Harlem Children’s Zone and founder of the William Julius Wilson […]