Special election to replace lawmaker who killed himself goes to Democrat Linda Belcher

Staff report A special election in the 49th District to replace Dan Johnson, a Republican lawmaker who killed himself last year, was won by retired teacher and Democrat Linda Belcher, who lost to Johnson by less than 200 votes in 2016. Linda Belcher Johnson’s widow Rebecca Johnson was also a candidate. She refused to concede, though Belcher won with 72 percent of the vote. Johnson killed himself...

Wildcats have slow start but finish fast in comeback win at Arkansas; final score 87-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s not how you start but how you finish and Kentucky finished strong in an impressive 87-72 win at Arkansas Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.   The loss snapped the Razorbacks’ four-game winning streak and gave the Wildcats their second consecutive victory. Kentucky also moved one step closer toward securing a bye for next month’s Southeastern Conference Tournament...

Chef John Foster: Enjoy a special night out of course, but make family dinner your favorite routine

I would call it a lazy Sunday, but there is work to do. Meals have to be planned, food shopped for, and dinners are cooked and put away. In an ideal world, where you’re busy all the time,it’s a no brainer to plan ahead. It does take some time, and energy to be this organized, but the alternative isn’t pretty or cheap. As much as I’d like you dining at The Sage...

Kentucky drops fourth straight setback in 76-66 loss at No. 10 Auburn

Kevin Knox scored 19 points in Kentucky’s 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. The loss was the Wildcats’ fourth setback in a row. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The slide continues for struggling Kentucky. The Wildcats (17-9, 6-7 Southeastern Conference) suffered their fourth consecutive loss with a 76-66 loss to No. 10 Auburn Wednesday night. Kentucky hasn’t...

Terry Mobley — Rupp UK superstar, long-time UK fundraiser, ‘consummate gentleman’ — dies at age 74

Terry B. Mobley – whose association with the University of Kentucky as a famed basketball player and groundbreaking leader of its fundraising efforts spanned more than five decades – passed away early Monday morning after a long illness. Mobley, 74, was surrounded by family members and loved ones at his passing. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Becky; son, Steve Stone (spouse, Leslie;...

Louisville’s La Chasse Chef Andrew Welenken makes it to the final round on Food Network’s Chopped

Chef Andrew Welenken, a graduate of Sullivan University’s National Center for Hospitality Studies and Executive Chef at La Chasse in Louisville, was recently on The Food Network’s Chopped. Chopped is a competitive cooking show that has four chefs face off to prepare a three-course meal consisting of an appetizer, entree and dessert. After each course, a panel of three guest judges “chops”...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Big event, Garden 2018 — for tomatoes, it’s Burpee Steakhouse vs Big Zac

By Ginger Dawson Special to NKyTribune It’s that time of year when the big event, Garden 2018, is in its nascent stages.   The seed has been ordered and received.  As usual, I ordered an ungodly amount.   In order to make sense of all of this, I made a master list of my selections.  Tomatoes, of course, are first.  I have different categories that I like to raise to fulfill my different uses: ...

Tough road games await struggling Wildcats in final month of season

Kentucky’s Sacha Killeya-Jones battles two Tennessee defenders for a rebound in a 61-59 loss to the Volunteers earlier this week at Rupp Arena. Four of the team’s next seven games are on the road. (Tammie Brown/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky is used to being the cream of the crop in the Southeastern Conference. By this time of year, league foes are batting for the...

Stoops, Wildcats add four future prospects on yearly traditional signing day

Kentucky coach Mark Stoops added four players during the traditional signing day Wednesday. Overall, the Wildcats inked 20 future prospects. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky wrapped up its current recruiting class by adding four signees Wednesday, during the annual national signing day. The Wildcats inked three-star wide receiver Allen Dailey (Pinson, Alabama),...

Lyn Hacker: HB 227 would end ‘net metering’ for solar customers; committee is debating

Kentucky HB 227, designed to effectively end net metering for solar customers in Kentucky, has once again been re-scheduled for later consideration due to lack of support by committee members. The bill, which was introduced by Kentucky state Rep. Jim Gooch, R-Providence, will severely decrease the amount that solar customers receive back from electric companies for the use of the energy that is produced...

Calipari takes blame as Tennessee completes rare sweep of Wildcats

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s been nearly two decades since Tennessee swept Kentucky. The surging Volunteers achieved that feat for the first time in 19 years with a 61-59 win over the Wildcats Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats (17-7, 6-5 Southeastern Conference) lost back-to-back games for the second time this season and struggled from the field against the Volunteers, who won their...

Glenna Bevin: We must fund programs to strengthen families, provide loving homes for children

The well-being of children in our state is of paramount importance to me. As I have said since my husband and I were first entrusted to serve the Commonwealth, our hearts are with Kentucky families. That’s why I am so passionate about my initiatives to improve conditions for children in foster care and to make the adoption process easier and more affordable. We have made strides in both areas. Our...

Kentucky by Heart: Travis and Christie Lynch provide hope for young people who have nobody else

By Steve Flairty Special to NKyTribune   Spouses Travis and Christie Lynch each grew up as an “only child” in their homes. Otherwise, the family backgrounds were significantly different. But after meeting in high school as 14-year-olds and with their eventual marriage, the two walk today in unison in an amazing endeavor. For more than nine years, they’ve dedicated their lives to providing loving...

Calipari: Surging Tennessee will provide a tough challenge for Wildcats

Kentucky coach John Calipari and the Wildcats will take on surging Tennessee Tuesday night at Rupp Arena. The Wildcats lost to the Volunteers a month ago in Knoxville. (UK Athletics Photo) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Kentucky will have its hands full coming off a disappointing 69-60 loss at Missouri when it hosts surging Tennessee Tuesday night. Although the Wildcats (17-6, 6-4 Southeastern Conference)...

Lawrence Weathers named police chief of Lexington Police Department, takes office March 5

Mayor Jim Gray has announced that Lawrence Weathers, a former assistant Chief of the Lexington Police Department, will be Lexington’s next police chief. Weathers, 54, is currently Director of Law Enforcement for Fayette County Public Schools. He retired from the Lexington Police Department in 2016, after 27 years of service to the City. During his career, Weathers held a variety of assignments within...

AG Beshear’s investigation puts Ohio man behind bars for seeking sex with children in Kentucky

An Ohio man was arrested for seeking sex with Kentucky children, possessing child pornography and imitating a police officer, Attorney General Andy Beshear and his Cyber Crimes Unit announced. Perine Beshear said following an investigation by his Department of Criminal Investigations Cyber Crimes Unit, and a January 18 indictment by a Franklin County grand jury, Lester Lee Perine Jr., 35, of Canton,...

Vanderbilt making an impact for Wildcats with his energy and versatility

Jarred Vanderbilt has made a difference for Kentucky since making his debut against South Carolina on Jan. 16. Vanderbilt is averaging 6.4 rebounds per game. (Keith Taylor/Kentucky Today) By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It doesn’t take much for Jarred Vanderbilt to make a difference when he’s on the court. “His energy is incredible,” Kentucky assistant coach Tony Barbee said Friday. “He’s...

Chef John Foster: Redemption of the beet — at least partially — still doesn’t put it in ‘sexy’ category . . .

Mention beets to a certain generation and you might get a knowing look of longing. A newer generation might stare quizzically at you, confused as to why you’re referencing their technology in the same sentence as roasting and slicing. The generation in between, my generation, will probably wrinkle their noses in disdain, bordering on disgust. We are the boiled beet generation, the...

Bill Straub: The Napoleon of coal (good, beautiful, clean) coal is just playing along and enjoying the joke

There are many good things that can be said about coal. For decades, even centuries, in the United States it helped keep homes warm in the winter. Coal brought electricity to even the most remote regions of the country and, it should be noted, helped spur the economic revolution that truly made America great. But beautiful? Coal is a substance that ravages regions where it’s uncovered, dirties...

Kentucky real estate market sets record for third straight year despite issues with available inventory

For the third year in a row, Kentucky’s real estate market set new records in a number of areas despite inventory issues that kept many buyers on the sidelines for much of the year. Click on images to enlarge Total home sales reached in 2017 were the highest ever recorded in the state at 53,058, a 1.8 percent increase over the 52,129 sold in 2016. Kentucky Realtors (KYR) reported that over the past...