The Goldenrod

The Goldenrod
A news and culture publication covering the vibrant small towns, hamlets and communities of Central and Eastern Kentucky.
Created 28 May 2021
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  • The Christmas Lights of Chevrolet Holler
    23 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Few things scream “holiday tradition” across Central and Eastern Kentucky more than bundling up on a chilly December night, cramming in the car, tuning the radio to the local all-holiday-music-all-the...
  • Heaven Hill’s “Striketober” Was Nothing New for Kentucky Bourbon
    21 Dec 2021 • 7 min read • 2 0
    When you start digging in to old newspaper clippings in search of information about strikes within Kentucky’s bourbon industry, it becomes readily apparent that, over the past 100 years, these events ...
  • Season's Greetings from The Goldenrod
    19 Dec 2021 • 2 min read • 3 0
    Season’s Greetings from The Goldenrod! No hibernation here: We’ll be around with new stories all throughout the next couple of weeks—including an extra-festive, light-filled photo essay and a rural-fo...
  • Rest in Power, bell hooks
    15 Dec 2021 • < 1 min read • 1 0
    When launching The Goldenrod this July, there was a single poem I returned to time and again as a lodestar for what sort of inclusive, rural-focused newsletter we wanted to create. The poem, Appalachi...
  • How to Help Western Kentucky Tornado Victims
    12 Dec 2021 • 1 min read • 1 0
    Kentucky experienced the worst tornado event in state history late Friday night, flattening towns across western reaches of the commonwealth and killing more than 80 people. WxChasing- Brandon Clement...
  • Can Apples Grow on Reclaimed Mine Land?
    10 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 2 0
    When I asked Alex Wiesen, co-owner of Michigan-based Empire Trellis about staking apple trees on reclaimed mine land versus the typical loamy soil of his home state, he laughed. “Well, with this proje...
  • “Everybody knows what gerrymandering is, but many people don't understand it's bad redistricting."
    07 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 2 0
    Few decisions have as much impact on how a city, state or country is molded as redistricting lines, shaping not only who is elected to represent the people in your neighborhood (and beyond) but every ...
  • A Craft Cocktail Program Alights in Small Town Kentucky
    03 Dec 2021 • 5 min read • 3 0
    I’m the type of person who typically isn’t fazed when something unexpected happens. Blame it on the fact that my favorite childhood board game was based on the Worst Case Scenario Survival Handbook, b...
  • Bringing Free HIV and Hepatitis C Testing to Rural Kentucky, One Pop-Up Site at a Time
    01 Dec 2021 • 10 min read • 1 0
    “Oh, wow, we've got a lot in common!” Eric Barker smiles, his eyes lighting up. “Just like you’re trying to address the news desert here, that's how we’re trying to fight the HIV epidemic—by fixing th...
  • The Goldenrod's Wintertime Gift Guide: Community Organizations
    24 Nov 2021 • < 1 min read • 2 0
    In a year when stories about “supply chain” issues are constantly flashing on cable news and the weariness of a second, not-so-normal pandemic holiday is upon us, The Goldenrod’s first-ever wintertime...
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