Daily Yonder: Foreman exam included an unexpected hurdle — a high speed trip over mountain roads

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward The mine foreman exam covers subjects like ventilation, explosives, electrical, laws and regulations, and safety. To complete his exam, Gary has to pass one more section: driving at high speed on mountain roads. After the accident in which a snapped cable slashed Tracy across his throat, he was out of work indefinitely. I visited Tracy in the hospital just a few...

Campbellsville University to host Transylvania pianist Greg Partain on Feb. 23 for Beethoven performance

Pianist Dr. Greg Partain of Transylvania University will be performing a recital titled “Beethoven Heroics”at Campbellsville University’s The Gheens Recital Hall in Gosser Fine Arts Center on Thursday, Feb. 23 at 8 p.m on 210 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky. Partain will perform two Beethoven piano sonatas – Sonata No. 21 in C Major, Op. 53 “Waldstein” and Sonata...

Your Kentucky Home: Tips on the best ways to warm up your bedroom

By Liz Toombs and Erika Wilhelmi Special to KyForward It has been a mild winter so far, thankfully! However, with chilly nights and short days, you may be looking for ways to warm up your room. Here are our three top tips to do so: — Area Rugs – Depending on your budget and space, you can make almost any size rug work. If you have a king- or queen-sized bed, we suggest putting and 8’x10’...

Chef Foster: Never underestimate the importance of good prep work for excellent results in the kitchen

Food in general can be a very contemplative idea to consider. On a wide scale it is fraught with all sort of connotation, subtext, innuendo and opinion. Food can range from being apolitical to rabidly partisan and in many cases it can divide regions of the country and connected families that live in those regions. We write columns, form social networks, write blogs and review (sometimes for pay)...

UK Symphony Orchestra concert features concerto competition winner, music from Nielson, Mahler

By Whitney Hale Special to KyForward The critically acclaimed University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro John Nardolillo, will perform next with concerto competition winner, Michael Robinson, a junior at UK School of Music. The concert will include music by celebrated composers Carl Nielson and Gustav Mahler, as well as a premiere of work by UK junior Logan Blackman. The concert...

Stage, screen star Ben Vereen celebrates Black History month with public events at Norton Center

Centre College’s Norton Center for the Arts welcomes legendary stage and screen actor Ben Vereen to Newlin Hall for two days of free activities in celebration of Black History month that will culminate with a public performance of Steppin’ Out with Ben Vereen on Saturday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. Filled with song and dance, stories of his life and a great deal of humor, the production brings together...

Jamie Vaught: Hillbilly Elegy, sports memoirs among recommended non-fiction books for winter reading

This is the first of a two-part series on recently-published nonfiction books. Spring is still more than a month away and it’s likely there is still some cold weather in our future. Here are a few non-fiction books you might enjoy reading around the fire. –“Lucky Bastard: My Life, My Dad and the Things I’m Not Allowed To Say on TV” by Joe Buck (Dutton, $28) is a candid and humorous...

Kentucky Theatre set to debut documentary on Belle Brezing, Lexington’s most infamous madam

By Whitney Hale and Jenny Wells Special to KyForward One of Lexington’s most notorious citizens will get her moment on the big screen as Kentucky Theatre debuts a new one-hour documentary on Belle Brezing on Thursday. Helping bring the story of this infamous madam to life is University of Kentucky’s own Nelson Fields, associate professor of theatre and dance, who served as costume designer...

Our Rich History: Kentucky Governor-elect William Goebel remains nation’s only assassinated governor

By Andrew Young Special to KyForward On Jan. 30, 1900, the Senate and House of Kentucky met together in a state of extreme emergency. The governor-elect, William Goebel, was teetering on the brink of death. The legislators, feeling it was only just and right, hurried to officially proclaim him governor before he passed on (which might be at any moment). They sought to give him the honor that someone...

Daily Yonder: Underground, there are no easy solutions — it all comes down finally to survival

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward A quick and easy solution for moving the belt line deeper into the mine proves to be anything but. After informing the mine manager of my interest in becoming a certified mine foreman, I was quickly transferred back to the #8 Enterprise Mine to be a roof bolter on day shift so I could acquire my electrical certification card and study for my mine foreman exam. My...

Work produced by 24 Kentucky artists on display in the Capitol Annex through March 31

The work of 24 Kentucky artists will grace the hallways of the Capitol Annex through March 31. The Kentucky Arts Council exhibit “Kentucky Visions at the Capitol” will be on display 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, from Feb. 7 through March 31 at the Annex. The exhibit features 58 individual pieces by Kentucky Crafted artists and Al Smith Individual Artist Fellowship recipients. “Longtime...

Science Guy: Valentine’s Day candy not just for eating — use it to learn more about science

Do you typically get too much chocolate candy for Valentine’s Day? If so, don’t trash it! Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how your Valentine’s Day candy can be used to learn more about science. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Does your sweetheart get you a...

KET addresses opioid epidemic with Journey to Recovery documentary, addiction forum

Opioids – including heroin and prescription opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone — killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Deaths due to opioid overdoses claim the lives of 91 Americans every day. As families touched by addiction know all too well, our nation is in the midst of an opioid epidemic....

Keven Moore: A common-sense approach can go a long way to keeping you safe on the streets

As a young middle-class kid growing up in a church that had an inner city bus ministry, my father, the bus driver, volunteered my services as the official bus greeter, referee and snitch as he guided his passengers through some of Lexington’s worst neighborhoods in the 1970’s. Many of those kids needed guidance and an opportunity to escape their environment, and I am still friends with many them...

Lyn Hacker: It was a dream, wasn’t it? Until it was an obituary, a shock and ‘meeting’ his mother

In my dream, my ex and I were on a horse farm out on Paris Pike. We were out in one of the fields which held a small herd of lovely thoroughbred mares, fat with unborn babies, serenely munching up the bluegrass. We were there, but we were not humans. We weren’t even horses. We were bears – huge, golden-haired grisly bears. Our fur caught and glistened in the sun. Our paws were huge, our claws...

Kentucky by Heart: For many kids across the state, Summer Food Service Program is literally a lifesaver

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Valerie Knight is a big supporter of a government program that she believes is well worth the expenditures. At her position as Director of Food Services for Webster County Schools in western Kentucky, she sees poor children receive a dose of love and kindness outside the scope of the regular school year, during the summer, and it starts with nourishing food from...

Three basketball goals used at Rupp Arena over the last 15 seasons available to the highest bidder

Three basketball goals used in Rupp Arena from October 2000 until September 2016, will be sold to the highest bidder commencing on Feb. 6 until Feb. 27 at 4 p.m., Bill Owen, President and CEO of the Lexington Center Corporation,said. The BPI Model 10,000 goals were used on Rupp Arena’s legendary “Caywood’s Court” from the 2000-01 basketball season through the 2015-16 season. Both the home...

Daily Yonder: Not even a little thing like a roof collapse can interfere with the job of running coal

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward The shift foreman won’t let a little thing like a roof collapse get in the way of running coal. So Gary vows to do things differently if he ever gets the chance. Something wasn’t right. I was bolting top and had finished two cuts, but the continuous miner still hadn’t moved across the section, like it should have. They were cutting the heading in the #8 entry,...

Former EKU student, Richmond native featured in Super Bowl commercial, then FOX show ’24: Legacy’

No matter which team wins, the evening of Super Bowl LI will be memorable for Richmond native and former Eastern Kentucky University student Bill Kelly. Kelly, who attended Eastern from 1979 to 1981, plays Anheuser-Busch co-founder Eberhard Anheuser in a Budweiser commercial that will air during the game. Then, after all the post-game hoopla, he plays a police officer in the debut episode of the new...

Your Kentucky Home: Thinking of repainting? Here are the hottest new colors for the new year

By Liz Toombs and Erika Wilhelmi Special to KyForward The hottest colors of the year have been announced! If you are thinking about updating your home, we suggest searching for paint in any of these four shades: – Sherwin Williams: Poised Taupe – A neutral color that offers a mix of grays and browns. This color creates a poise of cool and warmer tones across the board. The photo shown demonstrates...