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From the Bluegrass to Plymouth: Kentucky-grown white oak bound to refit Mayflower II

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(Video by Jeff Franklin)   By Carol Lea Spence Special to KyForward   It was a fitting sight on a cold, snowy day close to Thanksgiving. A tractor-trailer laden with 30-foot planks of freshly sawn white oak began the final …

Lyn Hacker: For the love of Jack and all the unconditional love he brought to daily life

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There are an assortment of ways to put off doing something you really need to do, and I’ve done an assortment of them these past couple of months. Here it is Thanksgiving again, and I realize I need to give …

Jamie Vaught: Kentucky’s Stoops not yet ready to declare 2014 season a success

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  There is an old saying that you can throw the records out the window when two heated rivals — such as Kentucky and Louisville — clash in sporting events, including Saturday’s 12 noon pigskin showdown on ESPN2 between the …

Coach Colene: Expressing gratitude breeds abundance; what are you thankful for?

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By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   Happy Thanksgiving! This time of year, I always find time for reflection. I’ve talked before about gratitude and how expressing it breeds abundance. You start to realize how much you have, and how much …

BCTC computer and information instructor Tucker named Kentucky Professor of the Year

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  Cindy Tucker, Associate Professor in Computer and Information Technologies at Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC), has been named the 2014 Kentucky Professor of the Year.   Sponsored by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and the …

Ethics Reporter: Millions in tax breaks go unused as businesses fail to collect offers

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Special to KyForward   Three of the largest private projects approved for tax breaks from Kentucky state government are “inactive” and apparently will not be built or receive any tax dollars.   The projects were approved under the Incentives for …

Harmonica-playing surgeon hits right note with patients, family, staff; honored nationally

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By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   When presented with a national award for his contributions to music therapy, Dr. Jay Zwischenberger showed his appreciation with a felicitous expression of music. He concluded a short acceptance speech at the American …

Habitat’s Bids 4 Builds online auction offers Black Friday shoppers deals for a good cause

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Black Friday shoppers can add Lexington Habitat’s Bids 4 Builds online auction to their shopping list for one-of-a-kind items. Proceeds from the auction being used to build homes, community and hope.   This is the fifth annual Bids 4 Builds …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Bow case, butcher knife kit among holiday gift recommendations

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Thanksgiving Week is the official start of the holiday shopping season. With that in mind, here are some gift ideas for the hunter on your shopping list:   Allen Gear Fit Pro Bow Case   Headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, the …

EatKentucky: Expect the best when you open a tub of KC Candy’s pulled cream goodness

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  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   There’s nothing in the world I would rather eat than Kentucky pulled cream candy. Nothing. Nada.   I’ve also discovered it’s pretty much an exclusively Kentucky food. Whenever I mention it to …

Texas Arlington latest team to fall victim to top-ranked Cats as Booker leads the way

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  Devin Booker poured in 19 points for his second career scoring best in as many games, Karl-Anthony Towns added 13 and 11 rebounds and No. 1 Kentucky had no trouble with Texas-Arlington in Tuesday night’s 92-44 blowout at Rupp …

Army ROTC cadet d’Arge becomes the third UK student selected as Marshall Scholar

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History senior and Army ROTC cadet Dahlia d’Arge, of Paris, Kentucky, has been named a 2015 Marshall Scholar, becoming just the third UK student to receive the honor from the Marshall Aid Commemoration Commission, the University of Kentucky Office of …

Be Thankful: Construction on many Kentucky roadways is being suspended through holiday

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  Drivers in Kentucky will have something extra to be thankful for this week. To help ease Thanksgiving travel, construction on most major roadways in Kentucky is being suspended through the holiday.   Nonetheless, motorists are cautioned to be alert …

Robert Treadway: Remembering ‘accidental historian,’ hero and friend Calvert McCann

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Editor’s note: Photographer Calvert McCann, who chronicled Lexington’s civil rights movement, died Sunday at the age of 72. KyForward columnist Robert Treadway counted him not only a friend but a personal hero. Treadway has written several columns about McCann, one …

With Treasure Finders, it’s easy as pumpkin pie to search for your unclaimed property

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  If you’re a “Pilgrim” or a “Turkey” with some “Thanksgiving ” in your name, there may be some unclaimed property being held for you at the Kentucky State Treasury.   In fact, there are 223 unclaimed properties with the …

Sports Notes: WKU hopes new Conference USA ties lead to a bowl game appearance

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  It’s easy to forget now, what with Western Kentucky standing at 6-5, riding a three-game winning streak and making itself eligible for a bowl game for the fourth year in a row, but first-year head coach Jeff Brohm’s team …

Everyday Heroes: Mary Lynn Collins a fierce supporter, true friend of Kentucky’s libraries

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  By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Mary Lynn Collins received her love of books and libraries honestly–from her mom and dad, who made literacy a priority as she was growing up. A few years back, when she was helping …

Keven Moore on Insurance: Tips to stop thieves in their tracks this Thanksgiving

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  Imagine this: You are off to spend Thanksgiving with family and leave your car in the long-term parking lot at the airport. When you return, you see that someone has broken into the car and taken your important papers, …

Another ranking Kentuckians can be proud of? No. 1 for love of green bean casserole

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  Staff report   With 30 million green bean casseroles set to appear on Thanksgiving tables Thursday, Kentuckians can relish in this holiday ranking: The Bluegrass State is No. 1 in the U.S. for love of the quintessential holiday casserole. …

Russ Brown: First or last, UK-Louisville game will define bowl aspirations for both programs

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  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE — Are there oranges in Louisville’s football future?   Before last Saturday’s 31-28 upset of Notre Dame on the road, the Cardinals (8-3) were ticketed for either the Sun Bowl in El …