More Than a Game: New book explores impact of civil rights movement through lens of forgotten school

Basketball is a crucial aspect of the Kentucky identity, and while those outside the state primarily witness the competition as between opposing college or professional teams, high school basketball has formed a core component of the sport’s presence since the establishment of the Kentucky High School Athletic Association (KHSAA) Boys Basketball Championship in 1918. In 1960, that championship would...

Chef Foster: Time to restock your pantry to reflect the change of seasons and the faster pace of spring

Well after talking about spring, wishing for spring, feeling spring-like with the weather and then wishing for spring again, it is finally, officially spring, and it happened this week. There is no turning back now, and even if we run into a Keeneland snowfall (which is traditional) we are out of the long haul of winter and into the small window of spring. What that means for us, the consumer and...

New Kentucky Farm Bureau children’s book teaches readers about the ‘nobility of farmers’

Kentucky Farm Bureau, in partnership with Farm Credit Mid-America, has published a book by Kentucky artist and author, Mitchell Tolle titled The Most Wonderful Dream.  Mitchell Tolle grew up in rural Kentucky on the edge of the broad Ohio River and he has spent a lifetime painting and drawing the familiar faces and colorful places that surrounded him there. Now, in this classic children’s book,...

Science Guy: Here’s how to use a reusable hand warmer to engineer a hot ice sculpture

You are not going to believe what you can do with a reusable hand warmer. Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to use a hand warmer to engineer a hot ice sculpture. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” You may have recently used a hand warmer, just like this one to keep...

UK Symphony Orchestra featuring pianist Cliff Jackson to perform Rhapsody in Blue Friday

Accomplished Lexington pianist Cliff Jackson will join the University of Kentucky Symphony Orchestra, conducted by John Nardolillo, for a performance of George Gershwin’s audience favorite, “Rhapsody in Blue.” The concert featuring Jackson will begin 7:30 p.m. Friday, March 24, at the Singletary Center for the Arts. In addition to “Rhapsody in Blue” with Jackson, the orchestra will perform...

Gayle Pille: By any name — Whistle-Pig, Land Beaver, Woodchuck — they’re our biggest squirrels

It’s hard not to love a Whistle-Pig or Land Beaver – or Woodchuck or Groundhog. Yep, they are all the same creature and that critter also happens to be our largest ground squirrel. And you can forget the saying, “How much wood does a Woodchuck chuck,” because Woodchucks don’t chuck any wood. The etymology of the name Woodchuck actually stems from a Native American name, “Wuchak.” Found...

Murray State University’s 11th annual Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival set for March 31 and April 1

The 11th annual Murray State University-Jamey Aebersold Jazz Festival will take place on March 31 and April 1. Middle school, high school and university jazz groups from three states will be performing participant concerts beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, March 31 and 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 1 in historic Lovett Auditorium, with the headlining Jamey Aebersold Quartet performing at 7:30 p.m. in the...

Kentucky by Heart: Veteran outdoorsman Caudill teaches survival … and appreciation for things green

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Nature Reliance School founder and chief instructor Craig Caudill calls wilderness survival “a lazy man’s game.” In what must seem counter-intuitive to many, he explained it this way. “The game of survival is nothing more than ‘calories in, water in…calories out, water out,’’ he said. “You’ve got to make sure you are conserving as much energy...

Cincinnati Museum to offer Star Wars costumes exhibit; tickets on sale for show opening May 25

Be one of the first to see Star Wars™  and the Power of Costume as dated tickets go on sale Monday. Iconic costumes from “a galaxy, far, far away” are coming the the Cincinnati Museum Center in May. Dated and timed tickets for Star Wars™ and the Power of Costume go on sale at 10 a.m., Monday and are available online, by phone or in person at Cincinnati Museum Center. 
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Daily Yonder: He survived a notorious mining disaster and lived long enough to change his ways

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward Arvil had hair like Elvis, gave unsolicited advice to the corporate bosses, never cheated on his wife (exactly), and lived through one of the most notorious mining disasters in modern U.S. history. One of the older miners, Greg, was telling me about Arvil, the shift foreman at #9. “Now that dumb sumbitch was a mine manager in the late 80’s. It was one of the...

Your Kentucky Home: Eye appeal, functionality both important when choosing home lighting

By Liz Toombs and Erika Wilhelmi Special to KyForward Lighting is one of the most important aspects in your home. When selecting lighting for your kitchen and bathroom, you not only want to make sure the area will be well lit, but you also want to pick something out that is appealing. Here are three lighting trends we are enjoying: — Exposed Bulbs- If you’re looking for a sleek, modern look...

Chef Foster: Rediscover authentic Irish cuisine as part of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebration

Forget green beer and dense soda bread, warmed over corned beef and cabbage drowning in grey water with a side of over starched potato. If that’s your St. Patrick’s vision of Irish food, and indeed the only time you eat it, then that’s pure blarney. The potato has a mixed heritage in Ireland, corned beef was beyond most people’s economic reach, and green beer…well let’s just leave it...

Science Guy: Everyone likes potatoes — how would you like to know how to launch them?

Do you enjoy eating potatoes? How about launching them across the dinner table? Our “Science Guy” Jason Lindsey and a kid scientist show us how to engineer a potato launcher. Go to – and click on Hooked on Science for this experiment and others that might get you and the entire family “Hooked on Science.” Potatoes, you may have recently had some for supper, but did you know you can use...

In the Spirit: New Derby children’s book written and illustrated by Louisville’s Paul Harshaw

With the Run for the Roses just around the corner, there’s a new way for children to get into the Derby spirit. The new Derby-themed book, “Silo and Plyler’s Derby Horse Adventure,” is written and illustrated by long-time Louisvillian Paul Harshaw. “As a parent, teacher and lover of Derby culture and tradition, I set out to create something children would love and parents would add as a...

NPR’s StoryCorps in Lexington this week to begin month of interviews with everyday Kentuckians

Hosted by WUKY 91.3 FM, StoryCorps, a renowned nonprofit organization celebrating the stories of everyday Americans, will record interviews in Lexington from March 16 to April 14 as part of its cross-country MobileBooth tour. Pairs of people are able to record a meaningful conversation with one another about who they are, what they’ve learned in life, and how they want to be remembered. StoryCorps...

Reporters to speak at UK on the importance of journalism in the world’s largest Democracies

Laura Ungar, an investigative journalist with 26 years of reporting experience, is coming to the University of Kentucky on Monday, March 20, to address students in the College of Communication and Information about the current journalistic climate and the need for more high-impact journalism. Joined by her colleague Sujoy Dhar, the pair will give a lecture, “Making a Global Difference: The need...

Author Crystal Wilkinson wins two Appalachian book awards for The Birds of Opulence

University Press of Kentucky author Crystal Wilkinson’s novel The Birds of Opulence has been named the winner of the 2016 Weatherford Award for Fiction and the 2017 Judy Gaines Young Book Award. Both of these awards are for books from the Appalachian region. These recognitions come on the heels of Wilkinson winning the 2016 Ernest J. Gaines Award for Literary Excellence which recognizes rising African-American...

Nominations now being accepted for 39th annual statewide Historic Preservation Awards

Nominations are now being accepted for Kentucky’s most distinguished awards honoring excellence for the preservation and rehabilitation of historic buildings and cultural sites. The 39th annual Ida Lee Willis Memorial Foundation Historic Preservation Awards ceremony will take place in May during National Historic Preservation Month. Presented in three categories, the awards are named for Kentucky’s...

Kentucky by Heart: When it comes to having pun in Kentucky, there’s a lot of low-hanging fruit

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Note: This column originally appeared in KyForward on April 5, 2016 I have always enjoyed playing with words, and mostly in a fun sort of way. Call me corny, silly, or otherwise, but I consider myself a “pun guy.” (Some would say “fungi,” but I’m not sure how to take that.) Until recently, it didn’t dawn on me that my own state of Kentucky’s geography...

Great American Fitness Challenge 5K returns to Lexington for June event at Commonwealth

Tired of the same workout routine? Prepare for a different set of challenges and see how your fitness level stacks up against the standards of America’s Elite forces or participate in the first GAFC UK5K run/walk around historic Commonwealth Stadium by signing up for the unique experience of the 2017 Great American Fitness Challenge (GAFC). The 3rd Annual GAFC, created by BRAINBOX Marketing of Lexington,...