Lower Howards Creek announces winter hike schedule

By Winchester Sun Published 8:02 am Friday, January 27, 2017

Lower Howard’s Creek Preserve manager Clare Sipple has announced the winter hiking schedule at Clark County’s historical nature preserve.

“Winter is a great time to explore Lower Howard’s Creek without its usual cover of vegetation blocking our views of its unique topography,” Sipple said in a news release. “It’s an opportunity to visit areas not usually seen in the other three seasons of the year, and heat is not an issue.”

All hikes will begin at 10 a.m. at the main entrance on Athens-Boonesboro Road unless otherwise noted.

— Feb. 4: Dust off your hiking boots and come hike with Dr. Bill Crankshaw, 91 years young and the Preserve’s most active volunteer.

— Feb. 18: The Preserve’s manager, Clare Sipple, will be leading this hike, and will take visitors to some of her favorite out-of-the-way places within the Preserve.

— March 4: In like a lion or a lamb, the days are getting longer now and we will explore old homesteads looking for signs of spring. Dr. Crankshaw will lead this hike.

— March 18: A few ephemeral early wildflowers may be showing themselves on this hike. Clare Sipple will lead this hike.

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Distillery planned in derelict property

By Whitney Leggett The Winchester Sun Published 9:46 am Friday, January 20, 2017

A vacant and derelict property on East Broadway once slated to be demolished to make room for a parking lot will have a new lease on life.

The Winchester Board of Commissioners approved the sale of the property at 31 E. Broadway St. for $23,000 Tuesday night.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said the property was home to an African-American Methodist church from the late 1800s until about 1927, when the congregation moved to its current home at the corner of Burns Avenue and Broadway Street.

The city acquired the property in September 2001 for $65,000 from Harold and Mary Jordan with intentions of tearing the building down and expanding city parking.

Winchester Mayor Ed Burtner said in the meeting Tuesday the city began using the basement of the property as space for parks maintenance while renovations were being made to the facility at College Park.

However, the property has been neglected for most of the last 15 years. With broken windows and walls that are literally falling apart, the building still remains.

In stepped Laura Freeman with Pillar of the Community LLC, which is in the final stages of purchasing the property to be restored.

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9 Kentucky Sandwiches You Have To Try Before You Die

Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State January 16, 2017 by Rachel Shulhafer

Sandwiches really are a perfect meal. You can have them for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and you can make them as filling or light as you want. There really aren’t many things you can’t put in a sandwich, so you can be both creative and classic. Kentucky has some restaurants that put together great sandwiches, and you’ll definitely want add these nine to your Kentucky culinary bucket list.

2. The Hot Mess at Cairn Coffee House, Winchester

The Cairn is a non-profit organization that houses a direct trade coffee shop on the first floor, and a community center for teens on the second floor. Stop in the coffee shop for a wide variety of coffees and teas, as well for a light meal or gelato. They are on the Kentucky Beer Cheese Trail, so be sure to try their Hot Mess Sandwich, which is a grilled panini with American cheese, beer cheese, pepperoni, bacon, and crushed Grippos’s barbecue-flavored chips. Cairn Coffee House is located at 17 S. Main Street, Winchester, KY 40391.

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Here Are 12 Tiny Neighborhood Restaurants In Kentucky Where Everyone Knows Your Name

Posted in Kentucky Only In Your State January 15, 2017 by Rachel Shulhafer

The television show Cheers really showcased how great it can be to have a reliable neighborhood restaurant or watering hole. If you don’t feel like cooking dinner one night, or just want to get out of the house for a bit, neighborhood restaurants are like a home away from home. Plus you’ll most likely see someone you know, so you’ll have good company too. Here are 12 neighborhood restaurants in Kentucky where everyone knows your name.

1. JK’s at Forest Grove, Winchester
Stop in at this quaint little restaurant for lunch. You’ll feel like you’re eating at an old-fashioned country lunch counter. They are on Kentucky’s Beer Cheese Trail, so be sure to try some with an ice cold Ale 8. JK’s is located at 4636 Old Boonesboro Road, Winchester, KY 40391.
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This Thanksgiving fill your table with delectable foods from Kentucky. Here are 8 delicious ways to have a pure Kentucky Thanksgiving tradition:

1. Beer Cheese
A Kentucky original from Winchester, pair with crackers, pretzels, veggies or a baguette. See the Winchester Beer Cheese Trail to find your favorite beer cheese spread:

There’s A Beer Cheese Trail In Kentucky And It’s Everything You’ve Ever Dreamed Of

Everyone from Kentucky knows about the Bourbon Trail, and even the Urban Bourbon Trail in Louisville, but did you know Kentucky has a beer cheese trail? First served at John Allman’s Driftwood Inn Restaurant in the 1940s, beer cheese has become a signature spread of Kentucky. The trail that celebrates this creamy, cheesy culinary wonder stays around Winchester and Clark County, given that it’s the birth place of beer cheese. A lot of restaurants like to keep their recipe a secret, but the usual ingredients include cheese (obviously), a flat beer, Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, and a combination of spices such as cayenne and garlic powder. Due to its popularity, there are a lot of different kinds of beer cheese out there these days, but these eight stops on the beer cheese trail are the real deal.  Continue reading the article by clicking

6 Things to Do on a Road-trip to Winchester Kentucky


Looking for a fun Kentucky roadtrip?

My boys and I discovered that Winchester, KY makes a great day trip from Cincinnati. Winchester is located about 1.5 hours away from Cincinnati and 30 minutes from Lexington, KY.

1st stop- Ale-8-One Plant Tour located at 25 Carol Rd, Winchester, KY.  Ale-8-One, A Late One, or   Ale-8 is Kentucky’s special soft drink that is a citrus/ginger blend. The name was result of a naming contest at the Clark County Fair. “A Late One” was slang used in the 1920’s for the latest thing. The drink celebrated their 90th birthday this year and it has continued to grow in popularity and expand in markets beyond Kentucky. The drink is the only soft drink invented in Kentucky that is still in existence and has been bottled in Winchester since 1926. The Ale-8 Plant tour has been on my bucket list for a while and it’s our go to drink when we go camping and visit places in Kentucky.

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Ale-8-One Bottling Co., maker of the ginger & citrus based soft drink Ale-8-One (aka “A Late One”), kicks off its celebration of the drink’s 90th anniversary today. Since July 13, 1926, soda lovers have been drinking the unique ginger formula originally created by beverage innovator and founder George Lee Wainscott.

A true entrepreneur, G. L. (Lee) Wainscott got his start in the bottling business in Winchester, KY in 1902 with distilled water and flavored sodas, known as Wainscott’s Flavors. After being unsuccessfully sued by Coca-Cola for developing his own thriving cola beverage, Roxa-Kola, Wainscott began the search for a recipe all his own that would stand the test of time. He traveled to post war Europe where ginger beers were popular, and brought home a few recipes. He loved the rich ginger flavor but preferred less bite, adding more citrus and floral notes.

Wainscott perfected the Ale-8 recipe in 1926, launching his new beverage at the Clark County Fair, where he allowed folks to sample the product and held a naming contest. Submitted by a young girl, “A Late One”, slang for the “latest thing” in soft drinks, was the winning entry. Being in the midst of prohibition, Wainscott transformed the phrase into the name the drink has carried for 90 years, Ale-8-One. Those who couldn’t imbibe could still enjoy a refreshing, nonalcoholic treat.

“Ale-8 has always stood apart from typical ginger ales because it has more flavor, less carbonation, and less sugar with an added kick of caffeine. Yet it goes down smoothly, without the bite found in ginger beers,” said Fielding Rogers, 4th generation owner and great-great nephew of Wainscott. “To me, the most special ingredient is the care and heritage we put into every bottle. I still mix up the secret formula by hand myself, the fourth generation in the family to do so. Not only is it made with real ginger extract that has been blended specifically for Ale-8-One, but many people say our classic green glass bottles add a little magic to the experience.”

Ale-8 is surely one of the last soft drink bottlers left in the United States continuing to receive and refill the old returnable, long neck, glass bottles. These bottles are thicker and heavier than today’s bottles, and people say Ale-8 tastes best in the refillable bottle, perhaps because the thicker glass holds the cold longer, perhaps because of the memories each bottle contains. They also represent true recycling and are making a comeback with restaurants that focus on local, authentic and green.

Pair the unique flavor of the drink with the company’s proud heritage as a Kentucky based, family-owned business since 1902, and Wainscott’s legacy continues to grow.


99 Days of Summer for Kentucky Travelers

The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism today announced the launch of 99 Days of Summer, an interactive section of the website with travel suggestions for the 2016 summer season, starting May 30 and lasting through Labor Day weekend.

The 99 Days of Summer website is an interactive calendar with pictures, events and further information to help plan your Kentucky summer travel. Examples include cooling off at a Kentucky State Park pool or beach, finding the perfect fishing hole along the western Kentucky waterways, touring a horse farm or enjoying a cookout with Kentucky Proud products.

“The ideas for 99 Days of Summer are daily snapshots that include some of the wonderful things to do in Kentucky this summer,” said Travel and Tourism Commissioner Kristen Branscum. “We realize that summer days are limited in number and we want to help you make the most of your summer vacation. We’ve highlighted everything from festivals to water activities to museums and truly have something for everyone.”

For more information and to find a summer trip ideas, visit  Travelers are encouraged to share their Kentucky travel adventures with #kysummer.




The Kentucky Department of Travel and Tourism is an agency within the Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet, which promotes the Commonwealth as a travel destination. In 2015, Tourism in Kentucky experienced the strongest overall economic impact growth in the last ten years with an economic impact of more than $13 billion. The Tourism industry supports over 180,000 jobs and generates more than $1.43 billion in taxes.