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Intrepid Urban Farmer: It’s bell-ringer news, the kind that keeps her moving along on garden dominence

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune For about the past 15 years, or so, I have had my summers visited by the phenomenon of the whole fam-damily vacation. We all pack-up, come in from all over the country, and camp together as a tribe in some pre-selected place that will have us. The attendance numbers are generally around 15, sometimes more.    This was the biggest tomato waiting for me when...

Sue Cross: Criticism of media is fine and needed, but shouldn’t mean systematic attacks on the whole

Today, the Institute for Nonprofit News joins journalists across the country in asking you, the public, to stand up for your rights to free speech and an open government. This started as a campaign by the Boston Globe to ask the President of the United States to knock off attacking the news media. But the President’s attacks on the press aren’t ultimately about the press. “The press” is just...

Bill Straub: ‘Knock ’em out, drag ’em in’ Bevin shows how divisions just get wider and more bitter

So, just what is it with this Bevin guy? It used to be during the long, sultry, Kentucky summers, with lawmakers out of town and anyone with a lick of sense off somewhere drinking sweet tea in air-conditioned comfort, a governor would lay low, hope things remained calm and start planning for his/her political future. Not so with Mad Matt, obviously. First, there was the contretemps over his rather...

UK’s playmaker receiver Lynn Bowden is all business in fall workouts

Kentucky receiver Lynn Bowden, left, shares a laugh with teammate Akeem Hayes, right, during media day earlier this month at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Lynn Bowden was relaxed and cutting up with his teammates during media day earlier this month, but that doesn’t mean he’s taking a laid-back approach going into his sophomore season with the Wildcats. “It’s...

Keith Taylor: Hype rises for Wildcats following impressive showing in Bahamas

Kentucky men’s basketball coach John Calipari likes the way his team performed in the Bahamas, but knows it’s only August. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The hype is on. The Kentucky men’s basketball team provided a glimpse into what to expect this season during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas. The Wildcats won all four games and they weren’t...

Normandy Farm owner Nancy Polk dies after long illness; memorial services pending

Nancy Polk, owner of Normandy Farm, died Saturday morning, with her three daughters by her hospital bedside. She had been in frail health and was battling pneumonia. Under the Normandy banner, she bred the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Turf Sprint winner, Mongolian Saturday, as well as Daddys Lil Darling, a Grade 1 winner and an earner of more than $1.3 million for trainer Kenny McPeek. Nancy Polk Memorial...

Supreme Court this week: To hear pension bill in Sept.; reverses L’ville election; hears right to work

Kentucky Today The Kentucky Supreme Court acted quickly Friday to accept the direct appeal of a Franklin Circuit Court ruling on the public pension reform bill passed by the 2018 General Assembly and scheduled the case to be heard in September. 
Earlier in the day, Gov. Matt Bevin’s general counsel filed a notice of appeal of a ruling by Franklin Circuit Judge Phillip Shepherd that declared the...

Impressive Wildcats hit century mark for third straight win in Bahamas Tour

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky hit the century mark and remained undefeated in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour with a 100-64 rout of Mega Bemax Saturday night at Imperial Arena at Paradise Island. It marked the Wildcats’ third straight victory in the four-game tour, which concludes at 4 p.m. Sunday against Team Toronto. Kentucky coach John Calipari expected a close encounter against the Serbian...

Stoops disappointed in Kentucky’s first scrimmage of fall workouts

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops addresses reporters following Saturday’s scrimmage at Kroger Field. Stoops wasn’t happy with his team’s performance during the mock contest. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The first impression wasn’t a good one for Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops. Three weeks before the Wildcats kickoff the season against Central Michigan,...

Cats shoot lights out literally in second win of exhibition tour

Freshman guard Tyler Herro scored 22 points and made four 3-pointers to lead the Wildcats to an exhibition win over San Lorenzo Thursday night at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky’s second exhibition game at Imperial Arena in the Big Blue Bahamas Tour will be one to remember. The Wildcats defeated San Lorenzo De Almagro 91-68 Thursday night but...

Bill Straub: Andy Barr is finding Amy McGrath a formidable opponent for 6th Congressional seat

It hasn’t been a very good last few days for Rep. Andy Barr, which is bad news for a financial industry that controls his every tic in Washington but potentially good news for the residents of Kentucky’s Sixth Congressional District. Barr, R-Lexington, whose accomplishments during his first five years in office couldn’t fill a thimble, unexpectedly finds himself in a tough re-election campaign...

Paced by vet and newcomer, Cats open Bahamas tour with easy win

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky opened its four-game Bahamas exhibition tour with an 85-61 win over the Bahamas National Team Wednesday at Imperial Arena in Atlantis. Nick Richards led four players in double figures with a team-high 19 points and missed just one shot on seven attempts. Freshman guard Tyler Herro followed Richards with 16 points and two steals. Keldon Johnson added 11 points...

UK QB race heats up as Wilson, Hoak battling for starting job

Transfer Terry Wilson smiles during a photo shoot during the team’s Media Day last week at Kroger Field. Wilson is battling to become the team’s starting signal caller. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops may play two quarterbacks this season. He may stick to one signal caller depending on who emerges as the top quarterback during...

Kentucky by Heart: Providing hope since 1871 and meeting the needs of the young and vulnerable

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward   It was 1871, six years after the American Civil War; the terrible conflict left an overwhelming number of wives who lost husbands and children who lost fathers. That’s when the good folks at the Methodist Episcopal Church South, in Louisville, came together to form the Widows and Orphans Home. Now known as The Kentucky United Methodist Homes for Children &...

Old Forester celebrating its 80th birthday with limited release for birthday of founder George Garvin Brown

Old Forester, America’s First Bottled BourbonTM, will introduce its 80th Birthday Bourbon, the annual limited release created to mark the birthday of founder George Garvin Brown on September 2. The 2018 Birthday Bourbon is the first iteration to be bottled at the new Old Forester Distilling Co., located in Louisville’s historic Whiskey Row – in the same space that Old Forester called home...

Kentucky Lottery initiates another enhancement for Pick 3, Pick 4 draw games — try 1-OFF

Several enhancements are in place for popular Kentucky Lottery draw games. One of these enhancements includes a new feature for the Pick 3 and Pick 4 games which allow players to win prizes if their numbers are one digit higher or lower than the winning numbers drawn.   1-OFF® is a new wager type for Pick 3 and Pick 4. A player can select the 1-OFF® feature at the time of purchase, with wagers starting...

Cats depart for Bahamas, Calipari unsure what to expect during four-game exhibition tour

Reid Travis goes up for a layup during an open practice last week at the Joe Craft Center. The Wildcats departed for the Bahamas Monday and will play four games during the four-game exhibition tour. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today John Calipari isn’t putting much pressure on his team during a four-game exhibition tour in the Bahamas this week. The Kentucky coach wants...

Downing: Barbasol Championship ‘hits the mark” in Bluegrass debut

Despite heavy rains and strong thunderstorms, Champions at Keene Trace held up well during the Barbasol Championship last month. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Despite a soggy debut at Champions at Keene Trace, the Barbsol Championship was a success and officials expect the PGA TOUR event will improve in the future. “We controlled everything that we could control,”...

EKU softball coach and mom chases Olympic dreams with her family, trying to make the team

By Morgan Romans EKU Sports Communications Mom – A word many professional athletes don’t hear on the sidelines. But, it’s a word that Eastern Kentucky University softball assistant coach Stacy May-Johnson treasures and hears quite often whether she is coaching defense for the Colonels or playing third base for the Chicago Bandits of National Professional Fastpitch.   From the end of August through...

Adversity hits Stoops, Wildcats prior to the beginning of fall workouts

Kentucky football coach Mark Stoops shares news of health issues that are affecting his team going into fall camp during the team’s Media Day Friday at Kroger Field. (Kentucky Today/Keith Taylor) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today In what was supposed to be day of celebrating the dawn of a new season, Mark Stoops is asking for thoughts and prayers for one of his players and one of his assistant coaches...