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Holiday Travel Forecast: Christmas Eve storm to impact millions, including in Kentucky

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  By Alex Sosnowski AccuWeather.com   A major storm centered on Christmas Eve will affect the Midwest and East – including Kentucky – with areas of strong winds, heavy snow, torrential rain and thunderstorms.   A storm forecast to develop …

Greensource: Buying used toys is good for
the pocketbook, good for the environment

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By Emily Casey Special to KyForward   The holiday shopping season is now in full swing. According to a recent American Research Group survey, the average American will end up spending around $861 on Christmas this year. Although this might …

Kentucky’s unemployment rate drops
to 6%, lowest rate in more than six years

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Kentucky’s seasonally adjusted preliminary unemployment rate dropped to its lowest rate in more than six years in November 2014 at 6 percent from a revised 6.2 percent in October 2014, according to the Office of Employment and Training, an agency …

James Halcomb: Latest installment of ‘The Hobbit’ succeeds in what it was meant to do

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  Somewhere between the amazing the release of “Iron Man” and I am going to guess around the release of “Thor: The Dark World” as a culture, we nerds became very spoiled, with overly-high expectations and automatic disillusionment.   The …

Midway’s new ’boutique’ McDonald’s is a
test for the big corporation, franchisee says

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By Caitlin McPherson Midway Messenger   The McDonald’s restaurant opening in Midway today is a guinea-pig store, testing out a “boutique” approach for the world’s largest restaurant company, according to franchisee Joe Graviss.   Boutique, in short, means smaller.   …

Bill Straub: Don’t be surprised if Rand Paul, a modern Taft Republican, is last man standing

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WASHINGTON – And they’re off.   With the Nov. 4 election little more than a speck in the rearview mirror and the 2016 face-off still so many miles down the road that the destination has yet to appear on GPS, …

Turning It Up: Effort to bring community radio to Lexington moving full steam ahead

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  An effort to bring low-power FM radio – and a platform for local voices – to Lexington continues to move forward. Lexington Community Radio, which received approval from the Federal Communications Commission for construction of two stations, has begun …

Jamie Vaught: Vitale says Cal’s Cats may be the best defensive team he’s seen in 30 years

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  Dick Vitale has seen the unbeaten Kentucky Wildcats play basketball in person and on TV this season.   Like most folks, if not all, the charismatic ESPN sportscaster is awfully impressed with the top-ranked Cats, who are 11-0 going …

Coach Colene: This year, give your friends
and family members the gift of motivation

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  By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   As I mentioned last week, I have barely made a dent in my Christmas shopping. I have done a little more, and I have made a plan to get it all done. No …

James Halcomb: The Flash, S.H.I.E.L.D., Prince among year’s best entertainment

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  I never felt that I am entrenched in the minutiae of popular culture, or expert enough about film, television or music to deem anything “best”. However, I can tell you my favorites.   Favorite New Show: The Flash: currently …

Owsley Co., one of nation’s poorest school districts, leads discussion about innovation

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By Melissa Landon Institute for Rural Journalism and Community Issues   School administrators and teachers from several Kentucky counties gathered in Owsley County perhaps the nation’s poorest, on Monday, Dec. 15, to discuss innovation in education. The school district was …

A Tall Order: Now’s time to strengthen white oak population for bourbon, other industries

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  By Tim Thornberry KyForward correspondent   While bourbon is made primarily from corn, there is another commodity that gives Kentucky’s signature spirit its color and, most importantly, its flavor: the white oak tree. Bourbon is aged in charred barrels …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Furbearer hunting, trapping longstanding tradition in Kentucky

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  They are trapped and hunted for their fur during the late fall and winter. Kentucky’s furbearers are a diverse group of wildlife with interesting life histories.   The river otter, beaver, raccoon, mink and muskrat live in and around …

Russ Brown: No decision yet on who the quarterback will be for U of L in Belk Bowl

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–Here’s the long-awaited news on Louisville’s quarterback situation for the Cardinals’ Belk Bowl game against Georgia in two weeks: No news.   Well, that’s not quite true, but UofL coach Bobby Petrino is …

EatKentucky: Trusty Meadowthorpe Cafe serves up good food with a side of quirkiness

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   In an environment of new cafes and diners, Lexington’s Meadowthorpe Café is an old standby. A breakfast and lunch diner, Meadowthorpe, offers a full range of burgers and sandwiches, as well as …

Eighth-graders attending Southern’s Career Fair discover they have varied career options

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   For many 13-year-olds, settling on a definite career choice is like nailing Jell-O to the wall. Is it civil engineering? No, maybe law enforcement? Still not a good fit? Perhaps a …

Sales can’t sustain lottery’s Monopoly Millionaires’ Club; game ends Dec. 26

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Sales of the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club lottery game in its current format will end Dec. 26 across the country, lottery officials said today.   “We’re always looking for new and innovative ideas for games, and we thought Monopoly Millionaires’ Club …

Your Health: Managing expectations could
be key to ‘most wonderful time of the year’

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By Elaine F. Greer Special to KyForward   The winter holiday season as portrayed in storybooks, movies and TV specials is a wonderful time of year, filled with meaningful religious services, school programs, family get-togethers, parties and colorful celebrations.   …

Lexington-Fayette Co. Health Department sees increase in highly contagious shigellosis

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An increase in gastrointestinal illnesses has the Lexington-Fayette County Health Department encouraging parents, schools, daycare centers, food service workers and health care providers to take precautionary actions to prevent its spread.   Shigellosis is a highly contagious form of diarrhea …

Special Recipe: Cynthiana man makes it his business to provide dogs a well-balanced diet

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  When Avi Bear’s 6-year-old border collie, Zigler, became sick four years ago, his homemade solution became the genesis of his Cynthiana dog food business.   Avi’s brother, Haim, suggested feeding Zigler a special dog food recipe he was making …