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State funding made available to extend Lexington’s popular Town Branch Trail

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Lexington area runners, walkers, bicyclists and proponents of alternative transportation got some long-awaited news today: The popular Town Branch Trail will be extended by nearly 1½ miles.   Gov. Steve Beshear, in announcing funding for the project, also said funding …

Largest single gift in school history enables Centre to recruit first-generation students

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Recruitment has begun at Centre College for the new Grissom Scholars Program, a national scholarship opportunity for first-generation students established with the largest single gift received in the Danville college’s 195-year history.   Although the full amount is not being …

It’s beginning to look a lot like … oh, not really, but city gearing up with call for trees

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WANTED: Three perfectly shaped evergreen trees, 40- to 50-feet high, 20- to 25-feet wide, to bring Christmas cheer to Lexington, a city of 300,000 people and many visitors. Tree can be Norway spruce, blue spruce or Douglas fir, but no …

Perry Co. walk organizer sees himself as part of problem and solution to area’s health woes

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  By Kristy Robinson Horine KyForward correspondent   When it comes to health and fitness, Sam Neace might be one of the worst role models around. At least, that’s the way he sees it.   “I don’t pay anywhere near …

Keven Moore on Insurance: Fairfield Inn blast reinforces need for better meter protection

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  Last week, city officials in Lexington announced that the Fairfield Inn in Beaumont Centre has been condemned. That’s the hotel that was partially destroyed by a gas explosion after an elderly man accidentally struck a gas meter with his …

Everyday Heroes: Animal rescuer Russell Vassallo has said his piece … and found peace

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This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Russell lives with his wife, Virginia, in Casey County continues to write and watch out for critters who come his way.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   …

Because ‘Woodford County has so much
to offer,’ new advocacy group springs to life

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Staff report   A group of Woodford County citizens and business owners have formed an advocacy organization to promote the link between quality of life and economic development in the county.   Billy Van Pelt, who has long been engaged …

Legislators hear pitch to bring new lottery game based on horse racing to Kentucky

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One man’s quest to get the Kentucky Lottery Corp. to purchase a game of chance he conceived in an effort to promote and create additional revenue for Kentucky’s horse racing tracks has reached the General Assembly.   “I think anything …

A Day in the Life: In celebration of 150th, UK releases student’s diary entries from 1910-12

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In celebration of the University of Kentucky sesquicentennial in 2015, UK Special Collections Research Center is releasing the diary entries of former student Virginia Clay McClure one entry at a time, starting with this her Sept. 6, 1910, entry. The …

Stimulating Lives: Fred Mills instrumental
in helping save historic Kentucky Theatre

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“Good Lives, Good Lives” is an ongoing series of podcasts created by Debra Hensley and her Debra Hensley’s Social Stimulus project. The podcasts feature “stimulating” individuals in the Lexington community.   As Hensley contends, you may not have heard of …

Jamie Vaught: Despite three overtime loss to Gators, Kentucky looking much more ‘SECish’

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  The Big Blue Nation is bubbling with enthusiasm this week after the football Wildcats’ stunning performance in their near-upset bid against Florida, falling in a three-overtime 36-30 thriller at The Swamp Saturday night.   After five straight losing campaigns, …

Valiant effort falls short as Florida keeps streak alive with OT win over Kentucky

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  Matt Jones’ 1-yard plunge in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators’ winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games.   Kentucky hasn’t defeated Florida since 1986 and is …

Students will get to ask all the questions
at Lexington Urban County Council debate

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The tables will be turned next week when Fayette County Public Schools students get to ask all the questions during “A Critical Debate” featuring Lexington’s six Urban County Council at-large candidates.   The debate will take place at 7 p.m. …

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: State waterfowl hunters have new teal-only season to enjoy

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  By Lee McClellan Special to KyForward   Kentucky waterfowl hunters now have additional days in September to pursue teal.   A teal-only season that is new for 2014 runs from Sept. 22 through Sept. 25. A combined wood duck …

Wanted: Bone marrow donors to help 15-year-old Owen McMasters battle leukemia

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  Staff report   Sometimes it takes a village, a community or an entire state to wage a fight. That’s certainly the case in 15-year-old Owen McMasters’ battle against leukemia.   Owen, from Louisville, is fighting cancer for the second …

‘It’s Live on Saturday Night’: Emmy-winning NKU graduate reflects on her SNL success

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  By Cara Hannah Sullivan Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: How many Kentuckians watching the 66th Primetime Emmy Awards a few weeks ago realized they were watching another Bluegrass champion, Cara Hannah Sullivan, who won her third consecutive Emmy …

Billy Reed: Sports culture needs to get serious about ending cycle of violence against women

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It was 20 years ago when prosecutors in the O.J. Simpson double-murder trial announced they would seek a sentence of life without parole, rather than the death penalty, if the former National Football League running back were convicted of murdering …

Young victim-turned-advocate among 22 appointed to bullying prevention task force

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For thousands of Kentucky students, going to school can mean bracing for a run-in with a bully. More than one in four Kentucky students aged 12 to 18 reported being bullied at school in 2011, and the Kentucky Department of …

Kentucky Bourbon Festival: Bardstown gets into the spirit of things for a six-day party

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  Add six days, 11 distilleries and 238 years of tradition. What do you get? The Kentucky Bourbon Festival in Bardstown on Sept. 16-21.   Since the birth of our nation in 1776 there have been Kentuckians making bourbon in …

Chef John Foster: Bridge the gap to fall, winter cooking with ‘less sexy’ cuts of protein

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  About this time every year I yearn for a little break in the hot weather. Too much humidity and heat combine to make me not want to eat, much less cook, a meal. I end up picking at things …