Cards’ 2018 prospects get a big boost from Adel’s decision to ditch NBA draft, Pitino says

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — What does the return of Deng Adel for his junior season mean for the University of Louisville basketball team? Plenty, especially with the loss of sophomore Donovan Mitchell, who decided to stay in the NBA draft and hired an agent. Adel now becomes the centerpiece of the Cardinals’ 2017-18 club, whose strong returning nucleus will undoubtedly...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: Of all the Asian exotic threats to woodlands, chestnut blight stands out as worst

Anglers bemoan the scourge of Asian carp — silver and bighead carp — fouling our rivers and lakes at the expense of bass, crappie, striped bass, walleye and other game fish. Land managers spend thousands of dollars and man hours eradicating Asian Bush Honeysuckle, which forms dense thickets in forest understories, shading out, and out-competing native vegetation, posing a threat not only...

Fayette County Board of Education adopts tentative $492 million budget focused on investing in students

On the heels of receiving assurance from the Kentucky Department of Education that the school district is on the right track, the Fayette County Board of Education unanimously approved a 2017-18 tentative budget that includes significant investments to ensure that a student’s demography does not determine his or her destiny. “Developing a school district budget goes beyond juggling numbers to balance...

Happy Anniversary: Lexington plans a number of celebrations in honor of Kentucky’s 225th birthday

On June 1, Kentucky will celebrate its 225th anniversary. There are a few celebrations planned for Lexington from May 31 through June 2 to celebrate through food, spirits and entertainment. “With these three events, there is something for people of every age and interest to enjoy and help celebrate Kentucky’s anniversary,” said Mary Quinn Ramer, president of VisitLEX. “They also showcase why...

Kentucky by Heart: Historic Keene community might not be fancy, but it’s home … and always will be

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist For nice rides in the country, I often take Highway 169 in the central Kentucky part of the Bluegrass area from my home in Woodford County to Jessamine County. The grassy and rolling terrain of the area is one of my favorite scenic tours. Small farms with grazing Thoroughbred horses and cattle, an abundance of pretty homes, and historical stone walls along the...

Kentucky a national leader in hepatitis C, yet many at-risk counties shun syringe exchanges

“Growing intravenous drug use by people sharing syringes to inject heroin and other substances” has helped make Kentucky a national hotbed for cases of hepatitis C, “which ultimately could mean a staggering cost to taxpayers to treat people with the disease,” Bill Estep reports for the Lexington Herald-Leader. “Giving addicts clean needles can help stem the spread of the...

McConnell, Senate Republicans likely to make key decisions about health care plan this week

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell’s role in the national health debate “will come into sharp relief this week,” Burgess Everett and Jennifer Haberkorn report for Politico. “He will decide the contents of the Senate’s plan, most likely behind closed doors. And he is on the hook for getting something through a sharply divided Senate Republican Conference in the midst of an increasingly...

With new hairstyles to go with an edge, Cards hit reset button for ACC in a dry run for NCAA tourney

By Russ Brown KyForward correspondent LOUISVILLE — In a show of unity heading into postseason action, most of the University of Louisville baseball players have changed their hairstyles. There’s ace pitcher Brendan McKay with dyed blonde locks. Second baseman Devin Mann with cornrows (not a good look, teammate Devin Hairston observed). Pitcher Jake Sparger sporting a red mohawk. And a...

Wildcats’ skipper Mingione named SEC Coach of the Year, seven others honored by league

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Nick Mingione made an immediate impact in his first season as head baseball coach at Kentucky and was recognized by the Southeastern Conference Monday. Mingione, who guided the Wildcats to 38 victories, the most since Kentucky recorded a school-record 45 wins during the 2012 campaign, was named SEC Coach of the Year Monday ahead of the league tournament,...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Historic Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill is a true Kentucky landmark

Yearning for simpler times? Travel back in history to a more simple time at the Shaker Village of Pleasant Hill. Founded in 1805, the village sites on 3,000 acres in Mercer County. It’s become an overnight tourist destination. Let’s learn more about the history of the Shakers at this true Kentucky landmark. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number of things, not...

Tates Creek fifth-graders pitch STEM problem-solving apps to Awesome Inc. experts

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Fifth-graders at Tates Creek Elementary took on the challenge of developing apps that solve everyday problems, and they came up with several intriguing prospects in STEM lab. The catch was selling their ideas to a pair of experts from Awesome Inc., a local company that supports high-tech startups. “Our group was excited to present and ready to get feedback....

No Triple Crown: Cloud Computing overhauls Classic Empire late to post major Preakness upset

BALTIMORE– KlaravichStables and William H. Lawrence’s Cloud Computing tracked a hotly contestedpace duel between Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming and Classic Empireinto the far turn before launching a determined stretch run and pulling off a 12-1 upset in Saturday’s 142nd Preakness Stakes (G1) at Pimlico Race Course. The lightly raced colt, who had won only one of three previous starts,...

For a deeper dive into Kentucky’s Bourbon culture, try the one-day ‘Higher Proof Expo’ experience

The Kentucky Bourbon Affair fantasy camp has unveiled a new day-long workshop packed with unique educational and tasting sessions led by top industry professionals, capped with a vintage spirits appraisal from one of the country’s top collectors.   The Higher Proof Expo will be held on Saturday, June 10, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Louisville Marriott East, the official host hotel for the...

Kentucky Afield Outdoors: Memorial Day is the official kick-off for the state’s summer boating season

By Kevin Kelly Special to KyForward Kentucky’s lakes and streams are bound to be crowded with anglers, paddlers and pleasure boaters during the upcoming Memorial Day holiday weekend. Boating safety officials want everyone to have a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. “On really busy holidays, the boat’s operator has to remain extremely attentive,” said Zac Campbell, boating education...

Chef Foster: There’s a place for dry herbs, but with fresh now abundant, take advantage of the season

Ever so subtly the seasons are changing. Yes the trees mostly have leafed out, and I’ve cut the grass more than a few times. But for me, the real changes occur at the farmer’s markets and in my own gardens. My sage and oregano have once again revived from their winter slumber and now threaten to take over large patches of my front and back lawn. Mint, which is always overwhelming has crept back...

Top two Derby finishers set to clash once again in Saturday’s Preakness Stakes in Baltimore

By Liane Crossley KyForward contributor Kentucky Derby winner Always Dreaming will see some familiar faces in the $1.5-million Preakness Stakes at Pimlico Race Course near Baltimore on Saturday. Four Derby starters, including longshot runner-up Lookin At Lee are back for another attempt in the middle jewel of the Triple Crown. Classic Empire (fourth in the Derby), Gunnevera (seventh) and Hence (eleventh)...

Johnny Cash and Tina Fey? Millcreek Elementary’s interactive wax museum brings characters to life

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Johnny Cash, Tina Fey, and Stephen Hawking dropped by The Academy for Leadership at Millcreek Elementary this week. So did Neil Armstrong, Frida Kahlo, and Paul Revere. Well, actually, they were part of the living wax museum presented by fifth-graders. The interactive exhibition featured more than three dozen influential figures from past and present. Eleven-year-old...

Wildcats miss out on Bamba, but Calipari ‘ecstatic’ about three spring signees to complete class

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari’s newest recruiting class is now complete. Calipari and his coaching staff concluded the spring signing period with three additions to next year’s squad, considered one of the top classes assembled in the nation according to several national recruiting services. Kentucky coach John Calipari was all smiles after Kentucky wrapped up the...

Unpredictable, but tough Wildcats seek strong showing in NCAA softball tournament

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky softball coach Rachel Lawson isn’t sure what to expect when the Wildcats open the NCAA Tournament against DePaul Friday. “They are unpredictable,” Lawson said earlier this week. “There’s nothing I guarantee that we’re going to do.” Kentucky pitcher Meagan Prince and the Wildcats will take on DePaul Friday in the opening round of...

Preakness Notes: Smooth sailing for Always Dreaming in workout; Classic Empire also impressive

Trainer Todd Pletcher was delighted to report that everything went according to plan when his Kentucky Derby (G1) winner Always Dreaming galloped 1 1/2 miles at Pimlico Race Course earlier this week. Always Dreaming was on the track at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday with exercise rider Nick Bush for his daily exercise leading up to the 142nd running Saturday of the Preakness Stakes (G1), the Middle Jewel of the...