Steve Brooks (right), owner of Brooks Meats, and Stefan Neumann, a German master sausage maker who works for Brooks, talk in the cool down room of Brooks' processing facility where fresh cheese and regular metts are cooling down.
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Steve Brooks had big plans when he purchased a small meat processing facility in Walton in 1985. “We started with just a little building with a 14-acre slaughterhouse near the interstate and we slaughtered our own meat.” Brooks said. Since that time, many of those early dreams have been realized and Brooks Meats has become a well-recognized name in the industry, both for its own brand and as a wholesaler and distributor.
After being paired together almost two weeks, 95-year-old Ada Hickman and volunteer Patsy Shawler find they have a lot in common. Shawler helps Hickman with her basic needs, like laundry and transportation to go go shopping.
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A newly formed volunteer group in Bardstown is helping seniors stay in their homes. Bardstown at Home is still in its infancy, but since the nonprofit organization got its first client in early September, it’s taken on 19 more, and about the same number of volunteers. It reaches out to Nelson County residents who are 55 and older, and the services it provides are multifold: volunteers aid clients in everything from transportation and social opportunities to home maintenance and cooking. Volunteers will even come out to help clients change a light bulb.
From left, University of Kentucky students Linsey Ward, Kate Topley, Matt Dement and Margo Cain, worked on an art project recently in a class taught by Marty Henton. The class, part of the UK Core program,is aimed at helping non-art students.
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The students in Marty Henton's art class wear spattered smocks as they layer paint and stencil designs over their projects, but don't confuse them for virtuosos. "I'm not, like, an artist," said Bethany Brookover, a sophomore transfer from Cincinnati, as she mixed a gold glaze over her art project. "I've never even been to an art museum before." Given the choice, Brookover and most of her classmates might have kept it that way. But this class, Pathways to Creativity, is not an elective. It's a requirement, part of UK's new general-education-studies program, known as UK Core. The vast, multi-year undertaking has completely revamped undergraduate requirements in an effort to better prepare students for a different world than the one students faced in the 1980s, when the last general-education-studies plan was designed.
This rendering shows a conceptual view of Rupp Arena from the outside. The project involving Rupp and the surrounding area would take 10 to 20 years.
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A committee appointed to reimagine Rupp Arena and a new downtown arts and entertainment district voted unanimously Saturday to renovate Rupp, approving a design that would strip the arena's industrial siding and replace it with a glass and translucent covering. When architectural consultant Gary Bates asked the planning committee for its reaction to the design, chairwoman and former Lexington Mayor Pam Miller responded, "We're bowled over." Bates walked the committee through the master plan during a conference call Saturday morning.
Madaline Grace Reynolds needed medicine to treat her cystic fibrosis, but her parents seemed more interested in getting their own prescriptions filled, a tipster told a Kentucky child-protection worker in November 2008. Madaline's parents always picked up their own pills, including pain pills, but sometimes went months without getting medicine needed by the 20-month-old Lincoln County toddler, according to a state report.
Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 2:03 pm
An airplane takes off.
2011 is shaping up to be the safest on record for airline travel, according to analysis of United Nations data by a trade group.
The International Air Transport Association reports that January to November of 2011 are the safest months on record since the U.N. started keeping data in 1945. The 11-month period has also seen a 22 percent improvement in safety from last year.
Originally published on Mon December 19, 2011 3:03 pm
North Korea's borders are outlined.
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There's certainly already been a lot said about North Korea's Kim Jong Il. NPR's Anthony Kuhn has an obit and Planet Money has a recap of how North Korea's economy is fueled by drug dealing and smuggling of counterfeit goods.