A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Dairy Nights at the Ballpark in June to honor Kentucky’s dairy industry producers

Kentucky dairy farm families can get free tickets to the ballpark for Dairy Night festivities at two minor league parks in June as part of a Dairy Month celebration. Bowling Green Ballpark, home of the Class A Hot Rods, will honor Kentucky’s dairy industry on June 7 prior to the Hot Rods’ game against the Lansing (Michigan) Lugnuts. Whitaker Bank Ballpark in Lexington, home of the Class A Legends,...

Ky. companies recognized for workplace safety at 34th annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference

The largest annual gathering of workplace safety professionals from companies all across Kentucky gathered in Bowling Green for the 34th Governor’s Annual Safety and Health Conference. Representatives from 45 companies who earned the prestigious Governor’s Safety and Health Award during the last year were in attendance to help celebrate Kentucky’s all-time low Injury and Illness Rate. “Our...

Champions again — WKU School of Journalism & Broadcasting wins Hearst multimedia competition

Western Kentucky University’s School of Journalism & Broadcasting has won the Hearst Journalism Awards Program’s Intercollegiate Multimedia Competition for the seventh consecutive year. With WKU students finishing second and eighth in the Multimedia IV/Team Reporting-News competition and fourth and fifth in the Multimedia III/Enterprise competition, WKU won the 2017-18 championship with the...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

Eleven WKU fraternity members to make cross country ride, raise money for Alzheimer’s research

Eleven members of a Western Kentucky University fraternity will make the sixth Bike4Alz cross country ride this summer to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. The members of WKU FIJI (Phi Gamma Delta) are riding with the 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization Bike4Alz, which was founded by WKU students in 2010. The previous five teams have biked more than 13,000 miles and raised nearly $250,000 for research. The...

Eight Kentucky students win $1,000 for college by sharing ideas to change world

The families of eight Kentucky students have won $1,000 college savings accounts with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust after participating in the 2018 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge. Each winner’s school also will receive $500. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. The Dream Out Loud Challenge invited students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade to submit an original...

Winners announced for state’s annual ‘Capture the Earth’ photography, video contests

Drakes Creek Middle School eighth-grader Julia Freeman is the winner of the eighth annual “Capture the Earth” photography contest for middle school students, sponsored by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet in celebration of Earth Day. Keegan Hennessy, a 10th-grade student at Scott High School in Taylor Mill, won the “Capture the Earth” videography contest for high school students with...

Rep. Jody Richards, 80, former House Speaker, is among those who are retiring from legislature

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A large number of Kentucky lawmakers are not seeking re-election this year, so barring a special session on tax reform or other issues, Saturday was the last day they convened in their chambers on the third floor of the State Capitol.   Among them was Rep. Jody Richards, D-Bowling Green, a member of the House since 1976, who also served as Speaker from 1995-2008. 
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National nonprofit Helping a Hero awards home to Independence, Kentucky Wounded Warrior

By Mark Hansel Special to KyForward A crowd of hundreds, which included Congressmen from two states and a U.S. Senator, lined a small street in Independence to welcome a Wounded Warrior and his family into a new handicap accessible home. Country music singer Lee Greenwood points to those in attendance and the crowd reacts at the dedication of a new home for Staff Sgt. Paul Brondhaver and his family...

Action-packed 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals return to Bowling Green July 20-21

Drag racing, burnouts and classic cars will once again take over Beech Bend Raceway Park in Bowling Green as America’s definitive showcase of customized cars returns July 20-21 for an action-packed 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals, presented by Holley/MSD. The 2018 CAR CRAFT Summer Nationals offers something for automotive enthusiasts as well as the whole family, including the return of Real Street...

Governor’s Safety and Health Conference to be held May 7-11 at Bowling Geen’s Sloan Convention Center

Co-hosted by the Kentucky Labor Cabinet and the Kentucky Health and Safety Network, Inc., the 34th Annual Governor’s Safety and Health Conference will be held at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green from May 7 – 11, 2018. The Conference brings together occupational safety and health professionals from the fields of business, labor, education and government. It is the largest gathering...

Online fashion boutique Pink Lily plans $2 million expansion of Bowling Green distribution facility

National women’s fashion retailer and clothing maker Pink Lily Boutique has announced it will expand its Warren County operation by 56 people over five years and invest more than $2 million in a permanent home for both office and manufacturing functions. The company will expand its Bowling Green facility on Mitch McConnell Way to 50,000 square feet, which will house Pink Lily’s headquarters, as...

Aluminum recycler Owl’s Head Alloys announces $3 million expansion to Bowling Green facility

Owl’s Head Alloys Inc., an aluminum recycler in Bowling Green, has announced a $3 million expansion which will create 17 new jobs. The company operates three, 375-cubic-foot refractory furnaces and, to keep up with customer demand, the project will add new space to house a fourth furnace. The additional furnace will increase company’s capacity by 60 million pounds of scrap annually atop the facility’s...

Environmental Health Summit places focus on developmental impact of childrens’ surroundings

Public health specialists, health care providers, environmental experts, school personnel and representatives from child health organizations were among those gathered today at the Children’s Environmental Health Summit in Bowling Green. CHFS Secretary Vickie Yates Brown Glisson opened the event by providing an overview of issues impacting children’s health and urging attendees to continue their...

Western Kentucky University unveils bronze statue honoring longtime supporter Rep. Jody Richards

A bronze statue of longtime Western Kentucky University supporter and Kentucky State Rep. Jody Richards of Bowling Green was unveiled on WKU’s main campus this week in Jody Richards Hall. Jody Richards Hall, previously known as Mass Media and Technology Hall, was dedicated during a May 4 ceremony. Richards, whose 14-year tenure as Speaker of the Kentucky House of Representatives was the longest in...

Kentucky League of Cities names annual award winners at annual conference in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards for innovative city programs and projects. The winners were recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo in Covington. KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners in coming weeks. The Elected City Official of the Year...

Commentary: The fear within the debate on fairness affects those on both sides of the issue

By Richard Nelson Special to KyForward Participating in a city council meeting can be intimidating. And the intimidation factor is magnified when a controversial issue is on the agenda. Such was the case in Bowling Green last Tuesday when the city commission had a special working session to discuss the proposed sexual orientation and gender identity (SOGI) nondiscrimination ordinance. I was one of...

SCA expansion at Bowling Green Personal Care plant will net 20 jobs on $24 million investment

SCA, a global hygiene and forest products provider, will increase its production and product diversity in Bowling Green with a nearly $24 million investment expected to create 20 jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced Thursday. “I’m grateful that SCA, an award-winning member of the state’s manufacturing sector, will increase its presence in Bowling Green. The fact that SCA chose to invest and grow its...

Courier-Journal: First public hearing, in Bowling Green, on Bevin’s Medicaid reform meets buzz saw

Courier Journal Reporter Deborah Yetter from the first public hearing in Bowling Green yesterday about Gov. Matt Bevin’s Kentucky HEALTH reform of Medicaid: Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposal to reshape the state’s Medicaid program ran into a buzz saw of criticism at its first public hearing since the governor announced it last week. Of the parade of people who spoke at the two-hour hearing...

Nick Rowe is back home where he belongs, as head of KyAm Water — and everybody knows his name

By Judy Clabes KyForward editor Nick Rowe should just hang a big banner at the Kentucky American Water headquarters on Richmond Road, and it should read “I’m back. Right where I belong.” That’s how everybody around the place feels about it anyway. Including Nick. Yes, make that “Nick” too. A visitor checking in at the lobby says to the veteran security guard, Ed, “I’m here to see...