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Shake Shack at The Summit opens May 11, so you can get in line now

The extraordinarily popular Shake Shack chain is opening is first Kentucky Shake Shack on May 11 at 11 a.m.

Woodford County

UK study: 1 in 3 jobs in Woodford County related to agriculture

One out of every three jobs in Woodford County is associated with farming or with businesses that rely upon agriculture, according to a University of Kentucky study released Monday. Those jobs generate $565 million in annual revenue and $1.1 million in payroll taxes on which local governments are increasingly dependent, the study said.

Business

For Soper, pitching to industrial prospects is a full-time job

Woodford County has landed three significant new plants in the last 18 months. If the companies do all they’ve promised to get state incentives, they’ll bring 626 jobs and $117 million in new investment to a county better known for thoroughbreds than factories. Some of the credit for that success is due to an unassuming former banker named John Soper, an independent contractor who works full-time to attract jobs to Versailles, Midway and Woodford County.

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John Soper on Woodford County's success

John Soper speaks about why Woodford County has had recent success in attracting new companies to Versailles and Midway.
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John Soper on Woodford County's success

Soccer Center closing doors 2:15

Soccer Center closing doors

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Painting party for Chocolate Holler

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LexGoEat gets a bite at Nothing Bundt Cakes