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Bill Straub: Being the ‘most conservative’ in a crowded field could work to Paul’s advantage


WASHINGTON – One thing you can say about Sen. Rand Paul’s burgeoning presidential campaign – he’s not scaring anybody out of the race.   The Republican National Committee reports that the 2016 primary field has mushroomed to about 25 legitimate …

Rainy Days and Outcomes: UKAg researchers look long-term at ramifications of acid rain


  By Carol L. Spence Special to KyForward   Deep in the back hills of UK’s Robinson Forest flows Cole’s Fork, a headwater system for a 6,000-acre watershed. Getting there is its own adventure, jostled in a tin can of …

Jamie Vaught: New Vitale book ‘It’s Awesome Baby’ shares inside story of memorable career


Yes, the famous basketball broadcaster once was a victim of bullying when he was a young kid growing up in his blue-collar New Jersey roots.   As you know, bullying, unfortunately, is a serious problem found in many communities, usually …

Big men Onuaku, Mathiang could hold short- term keys to improving Cards’ offensive woes


  By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent   LOUISVILLE–More than halfway through the regular season and facing its toughest stretch yet, Louisville’s basketball team is still trying to solve its offensive problems, but coach Rick Pitino has a solution. Well, sort …

Coach Colene: What do you and Beyoncé
have in common? Twenty-four hours a day


By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   “You have as many hours in your day as Beyoncé.” This is one of my favorite memes on Instagram. I both love it and loathe it.   It’s true, the ever-successful Beyoncé and I …

LEXPARK will issue refunds for incorrectly assessed late fees on “expired meter’ citations


A “clerical error” resulted in late fees being assessed on some parking tickets in Lexington from late July 2008 through mid-April 2012, and now the Lexington Parking Authority is issuing refunds to affected citizens.   James Frazier, chair of the …

Ashley Scoby: With Kentucky in danger of losing, Aaron Harrison rises to the occasion


  When wild animals sense danger, their instincts take over.   And the same could probably be said about Kentucky’s Aaron Harrison when he senses the danger of a potential loss. If a game is near its end, you would …

School Boundaries: ‘We are not talking about bussing … from one end of county to another’


Below you will find the text of a message from Alan Stein, chair the School Rezoning Committee for the Fayette County Public Schools, that was shared with families, employees and community members about the committee’s progress.     The committee …

EatKentucky: Get off the beaten I-75 path and head straight to Weaver’s in downton London


  By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward   One of Eastern Kentucky’s iconic restaurants happens to sit conveniently near I-75 in London’s lovely downtown. Unlike so many county seat downtowns across the state, London has done a remarkable job maintaining …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Hawk species
are abundant, thriving across Kentucky


  Perched in trees along rural roadways, or soaring over pastures and harvested crop fields at the wood’s edge, hawks are more visible during the winter months.   “We have more hawks in the state at this time of year,” …

Milken Winner: ‘I feel lucky every morning’; Jefferson Co. educator one of 40 nationwide


  By Brenna R. Kelly Special to KyForward   Allyson Vitato thought she was bringing her school together to hear from state education officials about the rise in student achievement at Breckinridge-Franklin Elementary in Jefferson County.   She planned a …

The Games We Play: Centre class examines connection between video games, history


  A new class at Centre College in Danville is forging the path toward a more sophisticated, scholarly understanding of … video games.   That’s right – video games.   Assistant professor of history John Harney has debuted a class …

2014 State of the City: ‘Strong and promising’; Lexington’s Gray touts past, focuses on future


In his annual State of the City address today, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray declared “the state of our city is strong and promising.” To read Gray’s entire speech, click here.   From Office of the Mayor

Kentucky among leaders nationwide in graduation rates, latest numbers show


The latest numbers on the graduation rate are out from the U.S. Department of Education, and Kentucky is among the leaders nationwide.   According to the National Center for Education Statistics, Kentucky’s 86 percent graduation rate in the 2012-13 school …

Daily Yonder: Times have changed, indeed; how Central Appalachia moved to the right


  With Central Appalachia firmly in the Republican win column in recent elections, it’s tempting to think that’s always been the case. A combination of coal politics, declining power of unions and – probably – race have contributed to the …

Your Health: At any time of the year, check with your doctor if you can’t seem to get warm


By Dr. W. Jeffrey Foxx Special to KyForward   Why am I so cold? That’s a question I hear frequently from patients, not just during winter months but also in the summer.   Although certain individuals may have a natural …

Everyday Heroes: As she learned from her parents, Bruner provides care for others


  This story will be included in Steve Flairty’s new book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes #4,” scheduled for release in 2015.   By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Bonnie Bruner grew up under the guidance of Sandy and Ray Hart, parents …

Keven Moore on Insurance: In work and in life, wisdom is often underrated, overlooked


My grandfather Charlie Clemons was a small-time tobacco farmer and, like many in that generation in rural Kentucky, he grew up without running water or electricity just outside Peonia. At a young age, he was kept out of school by …

Sports Notes: In a season full of memorable moments, Gilliland embarks on pro career


  By any measure, it’s been an exceptional year for University of Kentucky women’s soccer All-American Arin Gilliland.   She made the All-Southeastern Conference Tournament team last fall following a season that saw her named all-conference for the fourth straight …

No More Bullying: Biracial, multiracial and ethnic minority kids more likely to be bullied


This column on bullying in schools will run periodically on KyForward.   By Melissa Martin Special to KyForward   Bullying is a form of aggression used to gain power, and targeting peers based on racial differences is another misuse of …