Matt breaks down Governor Bevin’s budget proposal on Hey Kentucky

Matt breaks down Governor Bevin’s budget proposal on Hey Kentucky

Tonight on Hey Kentucky, Matt breaks down Governor Bevin’s budget proposal, which is the talk of the Commonwealth. Check out his thoughts below:

To see the entire episode, which is cohosted by Kentucky legend Goose Givens, head on over to

Skyline Chili coming to Lexington

Skyline Chili coming to Lexington

In news that makes Matt Jones very happy, Skyline Chili is expanding to Lexington.

According to the Herald-Leader, a new outpost of the Cincinnati-based chili restaurant is coming to 2850 Richmond Road, close to the New Circle Road exit. Skyline prides itself on Cincinnati-style chili, which includes cinnamon, chocolate, allspice, and Worcestershire sauce and is served atop a bed of noodles with an absurd amount of shredded cheese. Personally, I’m not a fan, but I know many of you are, so rock on.

No word on when it will open, but I’m sure Matt will first in line.


Come see why Bell County is Kentucky’s History and Outdoor Recreation Capital

Come see why Bell County is Kentucky’s History and Outdoor Recreation Capital

When you visit Bell County, you’re visiting the History and Outdoor Recreation Capital of Kentucky.

The story of our state and country’s foundation is woven in our hills, where Daniel Boone and his company blazed a trail through the Cumberland Gap, opening opportunities for the expansion of our great nation. We are home to a wide variety of attractions and events of all kinds. You can learn about the historical and cultural significance of this area at the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park Visitors Center, our multiple museums, or by walking back in time at historic Hensley’s Settlement.

When it comes to outdoor adventure, we have it all! If you love to hike, we have some of the most breath-taking views in all of Kentucky, plus hundreds of miles of hiking trails in both a national and state park. Make sure to check out the views at the Pinnacle Overlook in the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park and Chain Rock Overlook at Pine Mountain State Resort Park, they are both jaw-dropping. Speaking of Pine Mountain, we also have an amazing new canopy tour and zipline at the park which must be experienced to be believed! Bell County also has over 70,000 acres of public hunting and fishing lands spread across seven wildlife management areas, plus places for kayaking, fly-fishing, horseback riding, off-highway vehicle riding, golfing, and much more. If mother nature isn’t your thing, we have plenty of places to shop, dine, and be entertained indoors. From new attractions like HeHuDarz Laser Tag in the Middlesboro Mall, to legendary local establishments like SkateWorld roller-skating rink, plus movie theaters, a nearby bowling alley, we have more than enough to keep you occupied on rainy days as well.


Eric C. Conn says a puppy and a woman helped him cross borders

Eric C. Conn says a puppy and a woman helped him cross borders

Eric C. Conn is back in the States after a long trip to Honduras for Pizza Hut (and to avoid the FBI). Many of the details of Conn’s crimes and his time on the run have been well documented, but now we know much, much more about the escape, through Conn’s own words.

In a 42-page letter to the Herald-Leader, Conn shared his account of exactly what happened as he made his way from Kentucky to Honduras, where he was eventually caught and shipped back to the USofA. As he tells it, he was able to cross borders with the help of a puppy and a fake engagement to a woman on a bus:

Conn said he got to the Mexico-Guatemala border in early afternoon, giving him only a few hours to observe the security procedures.

He said that’s when he saw a young man holding a brown puppy and got the idea to use it as a cover.

He asked the man if he could borrow the puppy for half an hour. The man said yes, but it would cost him $5, Conn wrote.

He said he gave the man the money and started across the border, but the dog spotted a chicken and began to bark, catching the attention of the guards.

One guard told Conn he had a dog that looked like the one Conn was carrying. Conn told the guard he had named the dog Curly.

“The guard apparently had watched ‘The Three Stooges,’ because he started laughing and said, ‘Curly,’” Conn wrote. “I just looked at the guard and smiled and kept walking.” [The Herald-Leader]

Conn said he later turned the dog loose to return across the border.

A woman, “Jessica,” then helped him get into Honduras, he said:

Conn said he decided to try a pull a “Rhett Butler” tactic, referring to the scene in “Gone With The Wind” in which a roguish Southerner played by Clark Gable pretends to be drunk in one scene to assuage the suspicion of a Union officer about a raid.

When a Honduran soldier asked for his identification, “I said, what I hoped was in classic Clark Gable style, ‘I just got engaged to this awesome woman and I’m a little drunk, but you are welcome to check in my backpack for my papers,’” Conn wrote.

He said the soldier looked at another soldier and said he thought all gringos were crazy, then shook his head and moved on without checking the backpack. [The Herald-Leader]

There is much more absurdity from Conn’s account in the Herald-Leader’s story, ranging from what he ordered at the Honduras Pizza Hut to how one of his former employees assisted in the flee.

Give it a read here, and then be thankful you’re not wanted by the FBI. (And if you are, don’t go to Honduras.)

WATCH: Incredible buzzer-beater by Jackson County

WATCH: Incredible buzzer-beater by Jackson County

Everyone loves a good buzzer beater. Today’s comes to us from Jackson County, where Drew Akemon hit this miracle three with one second left to force overtime vs. Whitley County on Tuesday night:

Unbelievable. Jackson County went on to win the game 69-59. I hope somebody treated Akemon to pizza afterwards.

“Hey Kentucky!” is live from Nashville

“Hey Kentucky!” is live from Nashville

Tonight’s “Hey Kentucky!” comes to you live from the streets of Nashville, where Matt Jones and Drew Franklin tackle the topics of the day, from Denzil Ware’s suspension to the latest update on Zion Williamson. Check out a clip below:

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Kentucky’s Top 10 Christmas Gift Returns

Kentucky’s Top 10 Christmas Gift Returns

It’s the day after Christmas, which means people are rushing to retail stores to return all of unwanted gifts they received from Aunt Suzy.  Hey Kentucky! talked to retailers around the state to figure out what are the most-returned items and you’ll be surprised to see what they found.

See more from today’s Hey Kentucky! after the jump.


‘Bologna Bandit’ on the loose in Western Kentucky

‘Bologna Bandit’ on the loose in Western Kentucky

There is a bandit on the loose in Western Kentucky and they’re going after the area’s bologna.

A spokesperson for the Christian County Sheriff’s Office told WTFV-TV in Tennessee there has been an increase in burglaries targeting churches and homes, and the unknown culprit is taking food and loose change at each of their stops.

The pastor at a church in Crofton, Ky. said his church was hit twice in one week for bread, a block of cheese, and four packs of bologna. They’re calling the person the ‘Bologna Bandit’ and local law enforcement has increased its patrols in hopes of apprehending the fan of the sandwich meat.

I’ll be passing through Crofton tomorrow as it is 10 minutes outside of my hometown. If the criminal hasn’t been found between now and then, I’ll join the good fight so Western Kentucky can have a safe and happy holiday.

I probably went to high school with the person anyway.

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Kraft Beer With Kindsey: Darkness Brewing

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.

“Hello Darkness, My Old Friend.”

Eric Bosler starting working in the bar business at the age of 21 when he began bartending. While working behind the bar, Bosler developed interest in beer. His interest in beer only grew and he eventually started home brewing.

While home brewing, Bosler met Ron Sanders through each other’s wives. The two began home brewing together and that’s when the idea came up to start a brewery together.

In July of 2016, Bosler and Sanders opened Darkness Brewing in Bellevue.

Bosler has lived in Bellevue for the past 15 years, but the concept for the brewery came from the time he lived in Denver.

“I just always remember going to college and there was a brewery in each little college town that no one had heard of unless you lived there,” Bosler said. “They always had the best beer and it was always a fun atmosphere, kind of like going to a bar but more special because you could only get in that place what you were drinking.”

That “small-town” concept is one of the reasons that Bosler and Sanders wanted to keep the brewery in Northern Kentucky and not across in the river in Cincinnati. Bellevue is a small town with a population of around 5,900.

“We like the location,” Bosler said. “It’s really close to downtown, yet were in a small town.”

Darkness is located in the historic district in Bellevue. Bosler had the building on his radar for a long time for its many features.

“I live in Bellevue and I’ve worked down in Bellevue for a long time and this is a building was always on our radar just because of its location, its shape, the garage door factor, the warehouse-y kind of feel,” he said. “This was some of the stuff I’ve seen in my travels of some of the cooler places I’ve been to, they all have our garage doors. Open up the door and it’s like being outside.”

Darkness has set themselves apart from the other breweries in Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati in a major way. Darkness is a brewery with an emphasis on dark beers.

“We wanted to be able to set up a niche for ourselves and so that was one of the themes of it,” Bosler said. “Darkness kind of rolls off the tongue, that we do Darkness Brewing not Darkness Brewing Company just from the standpoint of just darkness is brewing on the horizon.”

The decision to focus on dark beer was part of Bosler and Sander’s long-term planning. With the craft beer industry exploding, they knew they needed be able to differentiate themselves from the nearby breweries.

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Dark beers can be very scary to the casual beer drinker. Bosler and Sanders didn’t even think twice about that fear and people’s hesitation of dark beers.

“We still got people who come in and ask for Bud Light and they just don’t understand,” Bosler said. “We try to have something like that we can offer them that’s going to be some sort of similar. We’re not for everybody and craft beer isn’t for everybody, and personally I think that that’s okay. We don’t have to change everybody’s mind.”

The hardest part for some of Darkness’ customers is having an open mind about dark beers.

“Those that are even halfway [open minded], which we do get a lot of,” Bosler said. “Well we’re just getting into craft beer, my son got me drinking something and I like it, but I just don’t like the bitter or I don’t like the dark or I don’t like this,” he said. “We have for example the Anomaly, I was mentioning earlier, that’s like a lighter black beer. Those are ones that’ll get people to say “okay” I’ve never drank a dark beer that I’ve liked, but I like this.

Bosler says the trick to opening peoples’ minds is to start with a lighter dark beer. If you start with the milk stout, most people aren’t going to like it and give up on dark beer as a whole.

Despite most people’s fear, the decision has paid off.

“We get people to say I don’t like dark beer but I like you guys have made me like dark,” Bosler said.

Bosler knows that some people will never like dark beer, and he’s okay with that.

“At the same time we’re also not out to change the world so it’s a tough question to ask because it gets in a personal taste,” he said.

Darkness brews lighter beers like a golden ale (“Smash”) or a red ale (“Red Sheeran”) for those people who don’t have the personal taste for dark beers.

Darkness does a lot of experimenting with their beers. “Man on the Moo” is a milk stout and when they add blueberries and chocolate, it’s transformed into “Once in a Blue Moo”.  “Witch Head Nebula” is a red IPA brewed with beets.

“I don’t think anybody is doing an IPA with beet powder in it to make it like this super red,” Bosler said. “Again that was more for Halloween effects but that would be something you’d find here you probably wouldn’t find elsewhere.”

If you are willing to have an open mind and try beers that might scare you, there is a good chance you will find a beer you like that you thought you wouldn’t.

Painting in taproom for Man on the Moo

My beer picks at Darkness Brewing:

Something light: Smash: This golden ale is a beer that anyone can enjoy, but especially for those who don’t have the taste for dark beers.

Something in the middle: Witch Head Nebula: Adding beets to a beer is something I had never heard of, but Darkness killed it. Plus, you get a serving of vegetables while drinking a beer.

Something dark: Man on the Moo: This is one Darkness’ flagships. As someone who doesn’t like stouts very much, this milk stout is very good.

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Walmart reveals top selling items in each state

Walmart reveals top selling items in each state

Walmart reviewed its end of year sales for 2017 and determined the top 25 selling items on It then broke it all down even further by identifying the most interesting top selling items in each state; and in Kentucky, we really love our photography, apparently.

According to the study, Kentucky’s most popular seller was 4×6 photo prints, which I don’t think anyone would’ve guessed.

Other notables from around the country include grape drink mix in Ohio, flaming hot Cheetos in Minnesota, mayonnaise in North Carolina, and Disney Infinity Power Discs (whatever that means) in Tennessee.

See the entire map below.


Kentucky Basketball fan shares superstitions on Jeopardy!

Kentucky Basketball fan shares superstitions on Jeopardy!

Kentucky fans are a superstitious bunch, and last night, a member of the Big Blue Nation shared her family’s quirky game-time rituals with the nation on Jeopardy!.

Sarah Woodring from Sturgis, Kentucky was a contestant on the popular quiz show last night and, during her introduction, told Alex Trebek about her superstitions as a Kentucky basketball fan.

“College basketball is a huge thing in Kentucky,” Woodring said. “One of the superstitions that we have is, if somebody leaves the room and a team goes on a run, starts scoring a lot of points, the person can’t come back in the room because the idea is, the team started doing well when that person left. So, they can’t come back until something bad happens with the team.”

“But they wouldn’t know the team has done well?” Trebek asked.

“You just tell them to stay out of the room,” Woodring said.

Anyone else yelling, “SAME!” right now? A lot of people I know do the same thing, to the point one of my friends had to spend most of the 2015 run in a bathroom as to not jinx anything.

As for Sarah, unfortunately, she finished third, but took home a $1,000 consolation prize. Maybe grandma shouldn’t have left the room while she was on a roll in the “Double Feature” category. Just saying.

In Sarah’s honor, let’s share our Kentucky basketball superstitions. I’ll start: only team colors on game days. Please tell me you have something more interesting than that.

LISTEN: KSR was on Howard Stern today

LISTEN: KSR was on Howard Stern today

The Howard Stern Show is one of the biggest radio shows on the planet, so imagine our surprise when they played a clip from KSR this morning.

Eugene, a Kentucky fan from Waddy, is now a regular caller to Howard Stern and KSR, and this morning, called in to tell Howard and company about his trip to New York City for the Kentucky vs. Monmouth game, made possible in part by Matt and KSR. (That’s Eugene with Matt before the game above.)

“Down here, there’s a big radio station that talks about Kentucky all the time called Kentucky Sports Radio,” Eugene said. “And I called them one day and they said, ‘Are you Eugene from The Howard Stern Show? I said, ‘Yeah.’ They said, ‘Well Lord, that’s something. How did you get on his show?’ And I went over how I talked to you that one day and how you had me back the next day and they said, ‘We’d love to give you tickets if you can get up here.’ So I took some money out of savings and I just figured it was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, Howard, so we took the money out of savings and got us a plane ticket and got us a hotel up there.”

While in the city, Eugene met up with Shuli Egar, a comedian on Howard’s staff, and must have told him the story, because they had the clip of Eugene’s call into KSR from last week ready to roll (Warning: Some of the language is NSFW).

“Look at that, Eugene,” Howard said once the clip was over. “He’s got it kind of wrong, though. I wasn’t putting anybody down; I was just kind of interested in your way of life.”

Eugene assured Howard that everyone’s on the same page about his newfound fame, and they spent the rest of the call talking about how he makes apple pie moonshine.

Pretty cool stuff. Eugene looks exactly like I thought he would, which is a huge compliment.

Kraft Beer With Kindsey: Hopkinsville Brewing Company

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.

Hopkinsville made national headlines in August for being the point of greatest total solar eclipse, but Hopkinsville shouldn’t be known as the “city where the Eclipse happened,” it should be known as a city that produces great craft beer.

Kate Russell is not a native of Hopkinsville. The Army brought here there in 2004 and after three years of living in Hopkinsville, she completely fell in love with the city and knew she would never leave.

“It’s a really sweet town where you go to the grocery store and people that you haven’t seen a couple months will just walk up and hug you,” Russell said. “I’ve never been hugged at the grocery store or any other place and it’s just really nice. It’s a town like I said, it’s undergoing revitalization and it seems like a really cool place to do something like this. I knew I wanted to stay here I want to raise my kids here. It’s just a good town.”

It was not Russell’s dream to open a brewery. She didn’t not even like beer that much, let alone know how to brew beer. However, the brewery fell into Russell’s hands six months into the construction.

“I just looked at the equipment, like I don’t know what to do with this stuff,” Russell said. “So we had a friend that came in and he was brewing with us. He taught me how to brew and I loved it. It was just the most fun I’ve ever had at any job and I really just enjoyed it.”

And so Hopkinsville Brewing Company opened in September of 2016 and has become a staple of the city.

When deciding the business plan for the brewery, Russell knew she didn’t want it to be a sports bar with a lot of TVs.

“I didn’t want people to be watching TV,” Russell said. “I wanted them to engage with each other and I figure everyone has a story. I expect people to interact and talk. We have games if you want to know play Chutes and Ladders or Candyland. We got Checkers outside or giant Jenga.”

Russell compares the atmosphere of the brewery to the atmosphere of a coffee house.

“It’s like Starbucks but with beer,” Russell said. “You know someplace quiet and cool to hang out.” 

Hopkinsville is a town with a population of of over 31,000 and there aren’t many places like Hopkinsville Brewing and locals are really proud of it.

I wanted to make sure that this was the kind of place where you could bring your kids, you can bring your grandparents when they’re in town and people do,” Russell said. “It’s really cool to have people embrace it.”

Locals have embraced it so much, they have shipped growlers to other states.

“We had a customer that told us the other day that they spent $62 overnight to FedEx a growler of beer to their daughter who was stationed in Hawaii because she was raised here and saw on our website that we would release the pumpkin porter and she wanted it,” Russell said. “I mean it is stuff like that where people take pride in the brewery.”

Actions like that are not the only thing that locals take pride in. Hopkinsville Brewing gives back to different local and national nonprofit organizations. Each month a portion of the profits are donated to a different charity.

“We don’t give to national organizations very often, but this month there’s a local woman whose father was a POW during Vietnam and never came home,” Russell said. “She is working with the, I believe it’s the National Association of MIA POW families to go to Vietnam and see like the last place she knows her father was. So we’re helping to fund her trip over there.”

Hopkinsville Brewing has supported Max’s Hope, the Alhambra Theater, The Big Read, the Christian County Public Library and much more.

“By doing it every month we can spread the love and shine a light on organizations that may not get a lot of press,” Russell said. 

The locals have also supported Hopkinsville Brewing because Russell and Joey Madieros, the assistant brewer, make great beer.

There are always eight beers on tap and four are always a stout, porter, Hefeweizen and an IPA.

Many people in Hopkinsville aren’t used to drinking craft beer, but everyone has been willing to try.

“In the beginning and even now, we get a lot of people to come in and they’re like “It’s my first time and I only drink Bud Light what would I like?” So what really struck me was that people are so willing to at least try it and even if they don’t like the first thing they taste, they will keep tasting they will they are determined to find something they will like so I think that’s really cool I didn’t anticipate that,” Russell said. “I mean it goes go back to people being proud that the town has a brewery they want to like it, they want to be here.”

Fruit beers have become very popular, which Russell did not expect.

“With the fruit beer it was supposed to be like a once in awhile, maybe we’ll do a fruit beer,” Russell said. “So now in the summer I think every month we did a different fruit beer.”

The popularity of the fruit beer has allowed Russell to play around with different fruits and herbs. Hopkinsville Brewing has brewed a watermelon mint witbier, watermelon gose and a mango pale ale.

The popularity of the fruit beer stems from the fact that a majority of the customers are women.

“I think that the fact that we are family-friendly has a lot to do with it,” Russell said. “That’s my theory. I don’t know if that’s right. Again it’s not a bar atmosphere where you’re going to be creeped out if you come here with your girlfriends. I think that has something to do with as well. Being family-friendly definitely invites more women because you don’t have to stay home with your kids while your husband goes out.”

Hopkinsville Brewing is Hopkinsville first craft beer brewery in the city’s history and Russell has made it a place that locals are very proud of. Although Russell is not a native, she has embraced the city as her own and never wants to leave.

“I like staying local and continue to bring people into Hopkinsville will always be my goal,” Russell said. “No matter how big we get I want to stay downtown.”

My beer picks at Hopkinsville Brewing

Something light: Cunningham Lane Kölsch is a light beer that all beer lovers can enjoy a few of. It is brewed with lemon and tastes kind of like a beer-lemonade if there were such a thing. 

Something in the middle: I love Hefeweizens. They might be my favorite and HBC’s is very good. Drink it.

Something dark: Pain In the A** Peanut Butter because it combines two of my favorite things, peanut butter and beer.

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Don’t miss the Bell Theater’s next concert series December 15th

Main Street Pineville and Bell County Tourism are continuing our Bell Theater Fall and Winter Concert Series with Chris Knight and George Molton coming up on December 15th in downtown Pineville, KY. These two Kentucky singer-songwriters have cut their teeth playing the honky tonks around the country. Chris Knight, a native of Slaughters, KY, is a throw-back to early Steve Earle, combining rock and country music with lyrics that tell amazing stories and contain unforgettable characters.  George Molton, from Olive Hill, has perfected the craft of traditional country music and has written songs for national acts such as Montgomery Gentry and John Michael Montgomery, to name a few. This will be an amazing bill, as will our final show of John Moreland and Colter Wall on January 12th. Tickets almost sold out for both shows, but the few remaining are available (along with info) at

Come check out beautiful downtown Pineville, with eateries like Sauced Craft Pizza, Pasta & Salad, Flocoe On The Square, and Gem City Cakes to name a few. Also make sure to check out Council Chamber Cigars and Ol’ Bootleggers Spirit Shoppe. Rooms and cabins available in nearby Pine Mountain State Resort Park, which also has some of the best hiking trails and views in the entire Commonwealth. Middlesboro, KY also has several hotels and bed and breakfasts as well. Bell County is also home to the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park, and offers great attractions like the Pine Mountain Zipline and Canopy Tour, trout streams, places to kayak, horseback ride, off-road trails, 70,000 acres of public hunting, over 100 miles of hiking trails, museums, and much more! For more information on things to do in Bell County, check out

Police are Looking for Road Rage Suspect with UofL Neck Tattoo

It looks a lot like this thing that’s on Rick Pitino’s disgusting back, via WDRB.

Police are looking for a man with a UofL “L” tattooed on his neck.

The Whitley County sheriff’s office is searching for the suspect following a road rage incident in Williamsburg.  When a truck-driver pulled over at the Pilot truck stop, he was confronted by a man driving a maroon Ford Taurus wielding a pistol.

“The driver of the car was upset over something, the truck driver didn’t know what,” Sheriff Colan Harrell told the Herald-Leader. “He was so irate, he started hitting him with a pistol, and the pistol went off.”

Luckily, nobody was struck by the bullet and the trucker only suffered minor injuries.  The victim described the alleged attacker as a 5’8″ man with dreadlocks, but the dreadlocks were not his most noticeable feature, it was the Old English “L” tattooed on his neck.

The guy with a giant “L” tattooed on his neck lost his temper?  Unbelievable.