Thirty-five years ago this week, Rupp Arena opened with its first concert. Since then, the arena named for the legendary Kentucky basketball coach has hosted countless concerts, basketball games, circuses, ice shows and monster-truck rallies. It has undergone two extensive renovations and has been an economic bedrock for downtown Lexington. On the 35th anniversary of its opening concert, Rupp sits at a crossroads as community leaders again debate its future. The question: Can the iconic arena continue to evolve for another 35 years? Or has it become outdated, a relic that needs to be torn down and replaced by a modern complex packed with luxury amenities and electronic gadgetry?
Getting from the self-proclaimed Barbecue Capital of the World to Sin City USA is about to get easier than ever as non-stop flights from Owensboro to Las Vegas begin today. Allegiant Air said it will offer the flights between Owensboro-Daviess Regional Airport and McCarran International Airport twice a week, on Mondays and Fridays.
Community and business leaders are studying the Ohio River's future potential as a freight corridor, as they prepare for the waterway to play an increasingly important role in the region's economy with the coming expansion of the Panama Canal. The canal expansion is expected to dramatically increase the amount of freight coming through Greater Cincinnati over the next three decades, especially via road and rail. While its impact on the Ohio River is still unclear, community leaders and river businesses want to be prepared for new business opportunities that could come with an increase in river freight.
Carhartt plans to invest $11 million to upgrade equipment at its burgeoning Hanson distribution center, which has already added 150 new jobs this year. The investment, coupled with Gov. Steve Beshear’s unveiling of $3 million in state tax incentives, drew cheers from workers, city, Hopkins County and state officials gathered at the plant Wednesday afternoon.
A Kentucky-based movie production company specializing in horror and thriller movies has struck a television deal with the nationally syndicated program Macabre Theatre. That means Big Biting Pig Productions' movies, shot all around Hopkins County, will be seen in more than 160 U.S. television markets.
A member of the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission is challenging racetracks to be more innovative in order to compete with surrounding states for business. As race tracks have proposed 2012 schedules, some tracks are cutting the number of racing days. “We’ve got to do something to lure people back to the tracks,” said Commissioner Tom Ludt. Thunder Ridge in Prestonsburg has requested cutting race days off the schedule because it can’t afford to stay open. Tracks should try more innovative options like nighttime racing, said Ludt. Track officials should stir waves and challenge operations, he said.
It hasn't taken long for Danville to write some history since going wet last year. In fact, the owners of the town's second and newest brewing operation will tell you last month's opening makes Danville the per-capita capital of microbrewing. "There is one brewery for every 7,500 people now," Lee Rossman said Tuesday, with a smile, before wife and co-owner Ashley added that this moves Danville slightly ahead of Portland, Ore.
Carroll County Fiscal Court will lease the Camp Kysoc property in a move that will eventually allow it to be used for recreational opportunities and special events. Cardinal Hills Healthcare, which operated the camp under its Easter Seals program, closed the camp last year because it was losing money and turned the property back over to the Kentucky Department of State Parks.
The next step in the evolution of the soda fountain is here, and it brings with it a computer. The Coca-Cola Freestyle machine, with its 100-plus choices of Coca-Cola brand beverages, has been bubbling up business for restaurants nationally, including Firehouse Subs and Moe's Southwest Grill in Lexington.
In September, as the Federal Emergency Management Agency encouraged Americans to "be prepared," the agency itself came under scrutiny for running low on funds. Approved projects began to get notices the same month. A projected deficit placed restrictions on FEMA funding and has jeopardized timely repairs to Goddard Road in Fleming County, county officials said.
Warm and dry usually makes for great weather conditions, but long periods of warm and dry can also make for an elevated fire risk. According to the National Weather Service in Paducah, Western Kentucky hasn't experienced a good, soaking rain since Sept. 25. There was some precipitation on Sept. 27 and 28, but only "trace" amounts. Fire officials said fires are easily sparked when grass and brush dry out.
The sun shines bright on our Kentucky homes, and Alternative Energies Kentucky LLC thinks that could become a great business opportunity. Last year, Alternative Energies became Kentucky's only manufacturer of photovoltaic panels, which convert sunlight into electricity to power homes and businesses.
Ford Motor Company is showing off new technology in Louisville that allows cars to communicate with each other. The technology would help prevent some 80 percent of all light-vehicle crashes, according to a National Highway Traffic Safety Administration report. Ford demonstrated its research project in the parking lot at Papa John’s Cardinal Stadium. The cars monitor a 300 meter circle and communicate with other cars using wi-fi and GPS and warn drivers of potential accidents.
A new taste of the night life has come to the East Kentucky Expo Center, but at least one local business owner has been left with a bitter taste in her mouth. The Expo Center’s new dance club, “Club Extreme,” opened Thursday and offered drinking and dancing to a 21-and-over crowd. Pikeville City Manager Donovan Blackburn announced the establishment of the club during a recent city commission work session at the University of Pikeville.
When the final hammer went down at Keeneland's September yearling sale, almost 3,000 horses had sold, 500 fewer than last year. However, they sold for over $233-million, which represents an increase of almost 13%. Plus, the average value of each horse was up 18%. "I've farmed 45 years. We raise tobacco and horse operation. We grow our own hay, our own bedding. We board horses and my brother and I have horses together. We're farmers that love horses,” said horse breeder Frank Penn.
Louisville’s four Salvation Army Boys and Girls Clubs will close this month and it remains uncertain if and when a merger with Kentuckiana Boys and Girls Clubs will happen. It’s hopeful that clubs will reopen by year’s end, said Michael Hawley (pictured), the Salvation Army’s Louisville area commander.
Greg Pauley’s message to Kentucky Power customers these days is simple — your electric bill is likely going up and the Environmental Protection Agency is to blame. The COO and president of Kentucky Power, Pauley delivered the message to a crowd at Pikeville's Landmark Inn on Monday, as a part of a series of visits throughout the company’s service area to explain to customers the challenges the company is facing.
The ordinance passed by the Oak Grove City Council on Sept. 20 allowing the sale or service of alcohol at convention centers, conference centers and sports arenas was praised as a means of revenue for the city and also forward-looking as the city grows and develops.
An early-morning fire Tuesday reportedly damaged much of the Ellis Popcorn building in Murray. According to at least one offical, the building may be a total loss. The state fire marshal has been contacted, and an investigation will continue, it was reported. The cause of the fire has not been determined.
Lexington's Red Mile's Standardbred racetrack has a contract to sell 10 acres facing South Broadway, including the former Tattersalls sales pavilion, where a developer plans a major student housing project. Hallmark Campus Communities of Columbus, Ohio, proposes to build an 832-bed project with four four-story buildings, a swimming pool, a pool house with an exercise center, and outdoor volleyball and basketball courts.
In recent weeks, the United States Postal Service has posted proposals of possible closing at six post offices in Harlan County. At the offices in Big Laurel, Closplint, Cranks, Lejunior, Putney and Totz there are now three-page documents hanging in the lobby detailing the reasons for the proposed closing. Public meetings where representatives from the postal service were available to answer questions and provide information have been held at Putney and Totz. But more meetings will be held in the next few weeks.
A New York-based private investment firm announced Monday it has bought public safety equipment provider Galls with an eye toward acquiring smaller firms in its industry and folding them into the Lexington-based company's operations. CI Capital Partners acquired Galls for an undisclosed sum from food service and uniform company Aramark.
Despite having near record rains this year, farmers say crops are showing signs of stress typically seen during droughts. "This has been a bizarre season," said Joe Boggs, with Ohio State University's Hamilton County Extension office. "We had a lot of wetness in spring and then mid-season the faucet shut off and then we had extreme hot temperatures with wind, which is like a hairdryer."
These tight economic times could tempt some companies to cut back on workplace safety. Kentucky Labor Secretary Mark Brown says that may mean spending less such things as protective equipment and training sessions. Brown understands business concerns but insists there’s no substitute for safety.
A Kentucky lawmaker whose district includes the shuttered Kentucky Kingdom amusement park says he’s optimistic the state fair board will find an operator for the facility. State Representative Jim Wayne says he was surprised to hear that negotiations with developer Ed Hart to reopen the park fell through last week. Fair board president Harold Workman says the board was unable to come to an agreement with Hart on where certain revenue streams would be steered.
Despite a stalled economic recovery and shaky consumer spending, one Lexington company is expanding its global headquarters. Their products may be meant to put you to sleep, but the CEO of Tempur-Pedic says his company is doing anything but lying down.
Protesters have set up in downtown Lexington and are promising to stay in place until there is real reform in the banking industry. This afternoon, about a dozen picketers remained outside the Chase J.P. Morgan offices on Main Street. If necessary, spokesman Greg Capillo says they’re prepared to stay. “As long as the will is here to stay here indefinitely, then we’ll be here indefinitely, and we’ll cross the winter bridge when we get to it. But, we’re not going to be the only people dealing with that,” said Capillo.
Danafilms Inc. will add a new produce line and invest just over $12 million in its Simpson County plant. The German-owned company will nearly double the size of its Franklin workforce, creating 25 new jobs as a result of the expansion.