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Statewide ‘Alive at 25′ defensive-driving program serves as wake-up call for teens

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  Ron Turley spent 27 years patrolling the highways of Kentucky as a state trooper. Ask him what the worst part of the job was, and he quickly answers: “Telling parents that their son or daughter was killed in an …

What will make Lexington more livable, age-friendly? Survey seeks senior citizens’ ideas

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A survey that begins circulating today will give Lexington’s senior citizens a chance to tell officials what the city can do to be more livable – and age-friendly.   The Livable Lexington survey is spearheaded by the Lexington’s Senior Services …

Coach Colene: Don’t let an unexpected funk set you back on your quest for true happiness

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By Colene Elridge KyForward columnist   For those of you who follow me on social media, you may have noticed there were a couple of days when I was in a bit of a funk. I’ll be really honest with …

Ashley Scoby: Mitchell wants to attack, attack, attack all the way to a Final Four appearance

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  It’s back to the basics for Kentucky women’s basketball – if the “basics” include 20 suicides in 20 minutes, a standard of being the “fastest, most disruptive” team in America and relating to the VCU men’s team.   They …

James Halcomb: Next trio of favorite horror movies includes some old-school boogeymen

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Editor’s note: This is the second in a series of columns in which James Halcomb counts down his 10 favorite horror movies – just in time for Halloween.     The next three films in my top 10 favorite horror …

Pilot run of Disability Education Week AIMS! for advocacy, inclusion in schools and beyond

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  By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward   Editor’s note: Oct. 20-24 is Disabilities Education Week at Julius Marks Elementary in Lexington, one of four pilot sites this year. And Wednesday, Oct. 22, is the community kickoff for AIM! …

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Snapping turtles
are preparing for their long winter’s nap

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  The snapping turtle (Chelydra serpentina), a common and widespread turtle, is one of the most fascinating wildlife species in Kentucky.   They are often encountered around ponds, wetlands and lazy streams from the first warm days of spring until …

Johnathan Gay: Kentucky’s food, farming economy needs real entrepreneurship, too

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Kentucky has a fascinating heritage when it comes to public unity. Everyone knows the Commonwealth was home to both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis. Today, different debates occupy the minds of average Kentuckians, such as UK vs. Louisville, wet vs. …

Kentucky CancerLink gets big fundraising boost from ‘roast’ featuring Calipari, Hall

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  Kentucky CancerLink hosted a fundraiser featuring a roast of former University of Kentucky men’s basketball coach Joe B. Hall on Oct. 2 featuring an appearance by current Wildcat coach John Calipari.   The “Hot Seat for Hope” fundraiser was …

Bourbon Bonanza: State’s signature industry smashes records, makes mark on economy

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In the time it takes to age a Kentucky straight bourbon – that’s two years – the state’s bourbon industry has nearly doubled its workforce, tripled its number of distilleries, and set new modern records for exports and barrel inventories. …

Constance Alexander: Talk about Ebola virus causes ‘plague’ of Alzheimer’s to go unnoticed

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“When leaving his surgery on the morning of April 16, Dr. Bernard Rieux felt something soft under his foot. It was a dead rat lying in the middle of the landing. The doctor kicked the varmint aside and reported the …

When it comes to choosing a home, quality
of local schools matter, LBAR survey shows

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An overwhelming majority of Fayette County registered voters say the quality of local schools is an important factor when choosing a home, according to a poll released by the Lexington-Bluegrass Association of Realtors.   Among registered voters, 75 percent say …

Owen Co. students’ winning recipe on the menu at many Kentucky schools this week

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  Many Kentucky students will see a new offering on the school lunch menu this week – a dish devised by fellow students.   Commissioner of Education Terry Holliday issued a challenge to local school districts to serve the winning …

‘Tis the Season: Breeding instinct put deer
on the move, frequently into motorists’ path

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Cooler temperatures and shorter days bring out the fall colors that paint Kentucky’s landscape in warm hues before winter arrives. At about the same time, the breeding instinct in whitetail deer stirs, putting them on the move and more frequently …

BIG BOLD GOAL: It’s big, it’s bold, and UWBG’s Bill Farmer means to make it matter

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  By Judy Clabes KyForward editor   William “Bill” Farmer made a big move in 2009 from the corporate world to the nonprofit world when he became president and CEO of United Way of the Bluegrass. Even now, he admits …

Keven Moore: Ridesharing companies threatening taxi industry; are they safe?

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With invention of the Internet and smartphones the way we live and act has changed dramatically in just the last few years.   Think about it– at the click of a smartphone you can store your reward cards, plot storms, …

Everyday Heroes: Craig Williams’ work is one good thing that came from tragedy of Vietnam

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This story is reprinted from Steve Flairty’s 2008 book, “Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes.” Williams continues his quest to see the destruction of chemical weapons as the Kentucky Environmental Foundation’s project director in Berea. He is quoted nationally because of his expertise …

Newly created task force ready to tackle bullying in schools; first meeting scheduled

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The Kentucky Youth Bullying Prevention Task Force will hold its first meeting Oct. 22, beginning its work to study bullying in schools and recommend practices and policies to help foster safer, harassment-free school environments.   The meeting will be at …

Kentucky joins new multistate Monopoly lottery game with national television series

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Kentucky has joined 23 lotteries across the country today in offering a new draw game – the Monopoly Millionaires’ Club. The game is designed to spread the wealth among players by offering multiple $1 million dollar prizes in conjunction with …

Stimulating Lives: Lexington couple’s story
of inclusion travels a road familiar to many

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“Good Lives, Good Lives” is an ongoing series of podcasts created by Debra Hensley and her Debra Hensley’s Social Stimulus project. The podcasts feature “stimulating” individuals in the Lexington community.   As Hensley contends, you may not have heard of …