By Nick Roush on ©March 23rd, 2018 @ 1:00pm
Former Scott County basketball star A.W. Hamilton is expected to be named the next head coach of the Eastern Kentucky Colonels, according to Evan Daniels.
Hamilton helped the Cardinals reach the Sweet 16 finals in 1998 and 1999, taking home the crown in his junior year. An All-State and Kentucky-Indiana High School All-Star selection, Hamilton played for Kevin Keatts at Hargrave Military Academy before signing with Wake Forest. He finished his college career at Marshall.
Following his playing days, Hamilton returned to Hargrave to be an assistant on Keatts’ staff. When Keatts departed for UofL, Hamilton took over the head coaching duties for more than a decade. In that time he picked up two National Coach of the Year honors.
This year he reconnected with Keatts at N.C. State. After one year as a college assistant, he will return to his ole Kentucky home to coach the Colonels, not far from his hometown of Georgetown.
How time flies when you’re educating Kentucky! The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is celebrating its 20-year anniversary. We became a unified system under the Kentucky Postsecondary Education Improvement Act of 1997, which combined the state’s community colleges and technical schools. Here are some achievements from our first 20 years.
- KCTCS has risen from a fragmented group of technical and transfer-oriented colleges into one of the most comprehensive community and technical college systems in the country. (The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
- KCTCS consolidated 14 community colleges and 15 technical schools into 16 community and technical colleges with multiple campuses putting college within reach of most Kentuckians.
- The state’s technical school programs became accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).
- The creation and accomplishments of KCTCS represent the crown jewel of higher education reform in Kentucky. KCTCS is the primary reason behind the increase in educational attainment. (The National Center for Higher Education Management Systems)
- From 2000-2012, KCTCS went from 38th in the nation to 5th in improving college enrollment of adults ages 18-34.
- KCTCS offers 700 career programs and is the largest provider of postsecondary, online and workforce education in Kentucky.
- Our colleges collaborate with businesses statewide and align programs with their needs so our students have the skills needed for jobs in their communities.
- Our Workforce Solutions group provided services for more than 3 million program participants.
- We offer 200+ programs for people who want to earn a credential and get to work quickly. Some can be completed in four months or less and can lead to jobs that pay up to $60,000.
- Our enrollment has increased by 20 percent.
- The number of credentials awarded increased by nearly 250 percent.
- KCTCS worked with the General Assembly to champion transfer legislation to ease the process for students transferring to our four-year partners.
- Several of our colleges have been finalists for the Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence.
- KCTCS won the Charles Kennedy Equity Award for its commitment to diversity.
- We educate 82 percent of the state’s skilled trades workers.
- We award 66 percent of all nursing and allied health credentials, and 87 percent of all associate degrees in those programs.
- KCTCS established the North American Racing Academy (NARA), the first college-affiliated horseracing academy in the United States.
- The Kentucky Fire Commission trains 80 percent of Kentucky-trained firefighters.
- The Kentucky Board of Emergency Medical Services licenses all first responders and emergency medical technicians.
- Since 2000, we have served nearly 875,000 Kentuckians!
When people hear about an organization adding billions to the state’s economy, how many would immediately think of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS)? Probably not many. A new study, however, shows KCTCS, its students and alumni add $2.3 billion to Kentucky’s economy each year. This is equal to approximately 1.2 percent of the gross state product of Kentucky. By comparison, this contribution is slightly larger than the entire utilities industry in the state.
Overall, the $2.3 billion impact supports 37,389 jobs, which means one out of every 68 jobs in Kentucky is supported by the activities of KCTCS colleges and their students. The top three business segments affected are manufacturing, health care and construction.
KCTCS payroll and day-to-day spending add $370.1 million to Kentucky’s economy each year, enough to buy 11,028 new cars.
There’s good news for students, too. For every dollar students invest in their education at KCTCS, they earn a return on investment (ROI) of $5.80. Additionally, the study shows taxpayers receive an ROI of $3.40 and society benefits $8.40 in added state revenue and social services savings for every dollar invested in KCTCS.
The study was conducted in the fall of 2017 by Emsi, a leading provider of economic impact studies and labor market data. Results of the analysis reflect fiscal year 2015-16. The study demonstrates that KCTCS colleges create value from multiple perspectives. The colleges benefit local businesses and the state’s economy by:
- increasing consumer spending in the state and supplying a steady flow of qualified, educated people into the workforce;
- enriching the lives of students by raising their lifetime earnings and helping them achieve their individual potential;
- benefitting state taxpayers through increased tax receipts across the state and a reduced demand for government-supported social services;
- benefitting society as a whole in Kentucky by creating a more prosperous economy; and
- generating a variety of savings through the improved lifestyles of students.
A statewide system of colleges is an efficient and cost effective way to deliver higher education to Kentuckians. Without a system, it is estimated that KCTCS colleges would need an additional $50 million in funding and more than 800 additional staff to provide the same level of services.
For more information on how KCTCS is improving the lives and employability of Kentuckians, visit BetterLivesKy.com.
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©March 08th, 2018 @ 11:15am
Need another reason to try Shannon the Dude Brew? It was just named one of the best new beers in Kentucky. The Coalition of Craft Beer Lovers of Kentucky put Shannon’s beer from Rock House Brewery atop their “Best Other Beer” category for 2017.
“In the catch-all category that basically includes anything that doesn’t fall into the mainstream styles, this Kentucky Common reigns. The Kentucky Common style has made a mild comeback over the past few years and many breweries have interpreted it as an old-style natural sour, though recent acknowledgements have agreed that nothing in the recipe indicates anything that should require an innate sourness. That’s worked in Rock House’s favor as this sessionable Kentucky Common has enough flavor to please even the nerdiest of beer nerds while retaining a light enough body that warrants, like, six of them. The beer is aged with vanilla beans to deliver it’s understated smooth sweetness. Charlie E. on Untappd says, “Delicious and dangerous at 4.9%! I could seriously drink this all day,” and CeCe E. says, “This STD rocks.” I see what you did there, CeCe. I see, CeCe.”
We also see what the Coalition of Craft Beer Lovers of Kentucky did with their acronym. We see, COCBLOK.
Seriously, congrats to Shannon and Rock House Brewery. If you’re curious, Ethereal’s Fad-tastic Vol. 1 won Best IPA. As an IPA lover who likes to visit Ethereal after games at Rupp, I wholeheartedly agree.
[The Best Breweries and Beer in Kentucky for 2017]
Hey Kentucky’s “Know Your County” series continues tonight with Bourbon County. Get to know all about Bourbon County, home of Blanton Collier, Secretariat, and the world’s tallest three-story building:
To see the rest of tonight’s episode, go to HeyKentucky.com.
If you’re here reading Kentucky-Sports-Radio-dot-com right now, which you obviously are, you’re probably a huge Cats fan. Am I right? I’m right. You like the Cats. Me too.
But you don’t like the Cats as much as this father and daughter in Lexington, who were living with over 100 cats in their home. Officials say the family was ‘cat hoarding’ and it took hours upon hours of veterinarian care to tend to the animals as they were removed from the property, once reports of animal cruelty came in.
Timothy Brown from Lexington-Fayette Animal Care and Control said, “They were living in horrible conditions. To the point where you could smell it outside, to the point where we had to wear Tyvek suits to go into the house. Wear booties going inside the house. Because there’s feces all over the floor.”
Our friends at WLEX have more:
The homeowners are facing 135 counts related to the lack of care and treatment of the animals.
By Nick Roush on ©February 27th, 2018 @ 11:30am
The flooding across Kentucky has pushed wildlife into odd locations. When the Salt River overflowed into Robert Watkins’ yard, he used the opportunity to reel in a catfish that weighed more than 50 pounds.
How did the Bullitt County constable catch the fish? Watkins told WDRB he set a line on a tree limb to sit for a few hours. When he returned, he found the beast.
Watkins plans on releasing it back into the wild, but for now, it’s hanging out in his font yard. For more, see the story on WDRB News.
It is no secret that bourbon dominates this state, but the craft beer industry is growing in Kentucky. There are locally owned breweries and microbreweries scattered all around the state and it is my mission to travel to each and every one and tell their story.
The city of Paducah began the year of 1937 with two weeks of rain and a sleet storm. By the end of January, water levels reached around 59-feet tall and a military supervised evacuation began.
On February 2, water levels reached its highest point and 95% of Paducah was underwater.
During this time, a local man named Luther F. Carson was bottling and selling Coca-Cola in his third bottling plant on 6th Street. Carson, like everyone else, was evacuated and had to abandon his the operation.
“What he did is they were sending Jon boats,” said Dry Ground Brewing owner Ed Musselman. “They had temporary docks built on 28th Street and then down Broadway and the Red Cross evacuation site was where The Twinkling Star is across the street. And so they were running these Jon boats down, down Broadway all the way down to people being evacuated, but it’s early February at the time, so the water is extremely cold, so getting people into these Jon boats was a little bit of a challenge. So he and another worker floated out of the second-floor window of their 6th Street location to get to the Jon boat.
“I love the legend,” said Dry Ground manager Cory Greene. “I don’t know how much truth is in it, in that he was floating up Broadway in a syrup barrel.”
While Carson was being evacuated he said, “If I ever reach dry ground, that’s where I’m going to build my bottling plant.”
And that is what he did.
Carson built his Coca-Cola bottling plant in the location where the water stopped at the corner of Broadway and 31st Street. Carson’s Coke Plant still stands today as the home of Dry Ground Brewing.
The people of Paducah had a taste for craft beer with Nashville and St. Louis a little over two hours away. But Musselman knew Paducah needed its own craft brewery and beer they could call their own.
“Paducah was the perfect craft beer city,” Musselman said. “A very creative town, artistic in nature without a craft brewery. It’s something that we wanted to do.”
The historic Coke Plant was the perfect location for Paducah’s first craft brewery. From the layout to the location to the history, it only made sense that the old bottling plant would go from soda to craft beer.
And the name of the brewery? That was a no-brainer.
Dry Ground Brewing opened in February of 2015, 78 years after the flood that devastated so much of the city.
Even after 78 years, Dry Ground Brewing pays homage to the flood that made Dry Ground what it is today with the names of some of the beers; Uncle Luther (Extra Special Bitter), ’37 Flood (IPA), Under Tow (DIPA) and Labelle (Belgian Brown Ale). Dry Ground is proud of the city they call home. That is why the staff names the beer after something local. From a local business owner to a band to a famous local deli, all the beer names have something to do with Paducah.
Not only is Dry Ground proud of its city, but also the people and organizations that are in it. Dry Ground loves to collaborate with local artists, musicians, organizations and more. Whoever or whatever, if Dry Ground can collaborate with you in some way, they will. Whether it be a special beer or a special event, Dry Ground loves promoting the local community.
“Paducah is a great community,” Greene said. “So many creative people and that’s the greatest thing. We want to collaborate.”
“Everything that we do, it’s better if we do it with somebody else,” Musselman said.”
Whether it be Pipers Tea and Coffee, Kirchhoff’s Bakery and Deli, Panacea Juice and Smoothies or local farmers, Dry Ground wants to collaborate with you and promote not only Paducah but Western Kentucky.
It’s a great return for the organizations and people Dry Ground works with because of the reputation Dry Ground has created. From the seven-member staff that’s all been there since the beginning to the lack of televisions, Dry Ground is a place people want to go to.
“We brew good beer and we are really proud of the quality of our beer,” Musselman said.
As they should be.
My beer picks at Dry Ground
Something light: Kirchoff ‘s Kolsch: A delicious German beer that any beer drinker can get behind. It’s light and smooth and named after the famous Kirchoff’s Deli.
Something in the middle: ’37 Flood: My favorite IPA ever. It’s a great starter IPA for people who are still trying to introduce themselves to IPAs. I get my growler filled with this one a lot.
Something heavy: Adam’s Beard: I LOVE Belgian Tripels even though they are sneaky dangerous. This is sneaky delicious though.
3121 Broadway Street
Paducah, KY 42001
By Mrs. Tyler Thompson on ©February 26th, 2018 @ 12:14pm
We’ve seen some crazy footage of the flooding in downtown Louisville, but this video takes the cake. Watch below as a deer runs down the street and then jumps into the flooded Ohio River: (Some language NSFW)
(Video by Samantha Moore)
The river is expected to crest at 36 feet this afternoon, the highest it’s been in over two decades.
By Jack Pilgrim on ©February 24th, 2018 @ 4:10pm
After months of fighting, Martin County residents will finally have their questions answered.
Governor Matt Bevin and U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers have announced a $3.4 million project to help fix the water crisis in Martin County.
“Our team, including the Energy and Environment Cabinet and the Department of Local Government, worked closely with Congressman Rogers to craft a solution that addresses the water supply issues in Martin County,” Bevin said following the announcement.
Since December 15, many citizens of Martin County have seen their water restricted to just ten hours a day, with some having no water whatsoever.
Even before the water shortage, the overall quality of water has been horrible in the area. Back in 2000, an environmental disaster occurred where a coal company allowed 306-million gallons of toxic sludge to enter the water supply, and things have been devastating ever since.
Back in January, Hey Kentucky! crew traveled to the area to interview local residents on the water problems, and even tried to get in contact with several government officials on any potential changes.
KSR then teamed up with God’s Pantry to hold a water drive to help raise awareness and provide clean water to the citizens who have been impacted, along with bringing two truckloads of water to Martin County citizens secured through Feeding America to help with the water crisis. But it was just a temporary fix.
Today, the people of Martin County now have their permanent solution.
According to LEX 18 and various news releases, the project will create various improvements, including the addition of a second water intake in Tug Fork River and updates to the Crum Reservoir.
Well done to those that let their voice be heard and got involved with this project to help make this possible.
By Hey Kentucky! on ©February 22nd, 2018 @ 9:00pm
Tonight on “Hey Kentucky,” Matt goes in-depth on the pension bill that was just proposed by the Republicans in the Kentucky State Senate. Find out how it’s different than Governor Matt Bevin’s proposal and what it could mean for teachers and state employees across the Commonwealth if it passes:
To see the rest of tonight’s episode, go to HeyKentucky.com.
Great news, golf lovers! Topgolf is coming to Louisville. The famous Dallas-based golf entertainment chain filed plans on Monday to build a new location adjacent to the Oxmoor Center at 7900 Shelbyville Road.
The 65,000 square foot three-level complex will include an outdoor driving range with 102 climate-controlled hitting bays and numerous bars and patio spaces. No word yet on when it will open. As someone who frequents the Topgolf in Nashville, I can tell you it’s entirely too much fun. Check out my review of it from September to get an idea of what to expect from the new facility in Louisville:
Here’s a piece of news to get your mind off basketball: Top Chef is coming to Kentucky. Yes, Bravo’s famous culinary competition series selected Kentucky as the location of its 16th season, which will air later this year. According to Bravo, Kentucky’s traditions of bourbon and barbeque and growing culinary scene make it an ideal setting for the series.
“We are always looking for rising culinary destinations and are looking forward to planting our flag in Kentucky and soaking up a diverse region of the country that we haven’t yet explored on Top Chef,” Shari Levine, Executive Vice President, Current Production, Bravo Media said in a statement. “Kentucky has a strong food identity and we know our incoming chefs will be inspired by the bourgeoning culinary scene, known for its innovative takes on Southern cuisine, melding flavors, and use of Kentucky’s agricultural bounty.”
Kentucky Department of Tourism commissioner Kristen Branscum added, “Kentucky is internationally known for its bourbon and horses, but our rich culinary culture is an unexpected, hidden gem. Our robust agricultural offerings and unique approach to food in every region of the state, combined with Kentucky’s natural outdoor beauty will surprise and delight the Top Chef viewers.”
Hot browns, burgoo, bourbon, mutton, country ham and biscuits, oh my! Filming will take place in Louisville, Lexington, and Lake Cumberland this spring. If you’re interested in throwing your apron in the ring, applications are currently being accepted. Drew, you got this.
By Nick Roush on ©February 15th, 2018 @ 1:45pm
Dan Issel has joined a group that is spearheading an effort to bring an NBA team to Louisville. Today he joined KSR to talk about what the Louisville Basketball Investment Support Group will do to bring the NBA to Louisville.
“This is a legitimate effort. We have a great organization.” Issel said the group has already raised $750,000 and has an early goal of $3 million.
Critics say Louisville is not big enough to support an NBA franchise. Issel disagrees.
“All of research and data shows that not only can Louisville support an NBA team, but they can also support the UofL basketball, both men and women’s, and co-exist very well here in Louisville.”
The former Kentucky, ABA and NBA star explained what makes this movement different than any of the previous failed attempts.
“The answer is: everything,” Issel said. “In the past, Bruce Miller has kind of been a one-man show. He’s been out there by himself for the most part, trying to bring the NBA to Louisville, but now we have a great support group. We have an advisory board as well that will keep expanding as people want to come alongside and help us in this effort….We have the support of the Mayor. I can’t speak for UofL. We have not spoken to anybody at UofL. However, I will say the chairmen of the board there, David Grissom, has been a longtime friend of mine. He’s a brilliant man, a very trustworthy man and we’re going to have that conversation real soon.”
Greg Fischer is not the only politician who supports the idea. Governor Matt Bevin has not spoken publicly on the matter, but in private conversations he has pledged his support to the group. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver also told Issel he likes the idea of an NBA team in Louisville.
“The league would be flattered if Louisville had an NBA team,” Silver told Issel. “He doesn’t have a timetable for expansion. They haven’t discussed it, but there is speculation that expansion is coming and I think that’ll be the NBA’s official position until the day they start taking applications. What we want to do is when that comes, we want to be ready to have Louisville’s application on the top of the pile.”
The KSR conversation ended with a mic drop. When asked who is the greatest Kentucky player of all-time, Issel or Anthony Davis, Kentucky’s all-time scorer answered: “If you look at the statistics, it’s pretty clear.”
Listen to the entire conversation halfway through the second hour of today’s KSR.
By Nick Roush on ©February 13th, 2018 @ 1:21pm
The manager of the Martin County Water District has announced his retirement.
According to WYMT, Joe Hammond announced his retirement at this morning’s Martin County Water District meeting. The district is now searching for an interim general manager.
Hammond’s decision comes just weeks after Matt Jones and the Hey Kentucky team made a trip to Eastern Kentucky to spotlight the water problems in Martin County. When encountered in front of a camera, Hammond denied his identity. Watch the interaction below: