Jamie Vaught: Watching former Wildcats an added bonus for UK grad Tomlin in job with Mavericks

For University of Kentucky graduate Scott Tomlin, it’s a very exciting time to follow NBA as the league is loaded with former Wildcats. Like many Kentucky fans, Tomlin keeps track of ex-UK standouts. And, believe or not, he has the best seat in the house in NBA arenas because of his media relations job with the Dallas Mavericks. Tomlin is the communications manager for the Mavericks in the office...

Bill Straub: Despite Trump’s assertions to the contrary, no comeback in the cards for coal industry

WASHINGTON – During the opening 10 weeks of his presidency, Donald J. Trump has proved himself to be a buffoon, a liar, a flim-flam man of the first order and about as trustworthy as your friendly, neighborhood meth dealer. Now he has added yet another lowlife description to his sordid resume: Dangerous. Trump has taken the environmental movement, one of the nation’s great areas of achievement,...

Keven Moore: London terrorist attack should serve as wake up call to local officials across America

A man with a car or truck, a machete and a murderous determination has now become the new norm for low tech terrorist attack. This recent vehicle ramming attack in Britain, where a man mowed down pedestrians on the Westminster Bridge before jumping out of the vehicle and stabbing a policeman to death before he was shot and killed, is part of a growing new trend. The attack left four people dead...

Off the Field Help: CATS counselors more concerned with how UK athletes are doing in the classroom

By Kendall Randolph, Amy Jones-Timoney, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When Jon Ross is asked about his favorite part of working as an academic counselor at the Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS), his answer has little to do with what happens on the field and everything to do with what happens in the classroom. In his main role as an academic counselor for the UK football team,...

North Carolina’s Williams admires Calipari’s ability to recruit and win with one-and-done approach

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer John Calipari has no secret ingredient when it comes to recruiting. The Kentucky coach simply likes to think outside the box. “I think probably throughout my whole career, I’ve been disruptive,” he said. “Like, every once in a while, I speak my mind and walk into different leagues, jobs, have to build and have to disrupt. With this (one-and-done...

Career Coach: New Fayette County program helps get students ready to execute their life plans

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward Preparing students for the next step after Tates Creek High School is Charliese Lewis’ priority. “My goal is to make sure they know they have options,” said Lewis, one of the district’s college and career readiness coaches. Superintendent Manny Caulk created the coach positions in 2016-17 in response to students’ requests for additional help in this...

Art Lander’s Outdoors: With warmer weather, lots of food options, spring turkey season looks promising

With Kentucky’s spring wild turkey season on the horizon, the outlook is promising. A number of factors seem to point to better than average hunting conditions and flock status. Hens and gobblers are in excellent body condition after a heavy mast crop last fall, and a mild winter. The AccuWeather forecast for Central Kentucky is calling for average to above average temperatures, with near normal...

Gray releases new artist rendering for Town Branch Commons, a ‘game-changer’ for Lexington

Lexington Mayor Jim Gray has released new drawings of Town Branch Commons, a park that will wind through downtown and a “game changer” for the city. “We are building a Great American City and Great American Cities have great public spaces,” Gray said. “Town Branch will be a link between our beautiful countryside and our urban core. A strip of history that will be a path to private investment...

Rural Blog: McConnell reverses course, supports $1 billion plan to assist struggling coal regions

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky has signed on to legislation to free up $1 billion in reclamation projects in Eastern Kentucky and other struggling coal regions, a measure he was not willing to endorse last year. “U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, a Republican whose district includes the state’s eastern coalfield, introduced a similar proposal in February 2016 as a way of boosting areas...

Elite Eight loss to Tar Heels can’t overshadow a particularly stellar season for Calipari’s Wildcats

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer Kentucky saved its best for last despite coming up short against North Carolina in the NCAA South Region finals. The Wildcats won 14 of their last 15 games and finished with a 32-6 record, marking the fourth time John Calipari’s tenure Kentucky has won 30 or more games in a single season. Kentucky avenged an earlier-season loss to UCLA in the regional...

Kentucky by Heart: Bad boy Peter Cartwright was the Commonwealth’s own circuit rider extraordinaire

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist The Methodist Church leadership called them “traveling” clergy. They traveled on horseback, usually with a simple handbag and of course, a well-used Bible. They often navigated rough terrain, both hilly and over creeks and valleys with thick undergrowth, as well as less challenging landscapes as they moved from area to area. They were popularly called “circuit...

Colorectal Cancer: Life-threatening disease is easy to detect and 90 percent treatable

By Dr. Jitesh Patel Special to KyForward Colorectal is the third most common cancer in the U.S. In Kentucky, the health problem is particularly bad: our state ranks first in the nation for colorectal cancer incidence and 7th in deaths, with more than 2,500 new cases and more than 800 deaths from this largely preventable disease each year. What is colorectal cancer? The disease originates when healthy...

Health care bill appears dead for this year, but changes still likely in Medicaid, subsidized insurance

By Al Cross Kentucky Health News What does the failure of the bill to repeal and replace the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as “Obamacare,” mean for Kentucky? Probably not much right away, but big changes are still likely next year in the Medicaid program, the expansion of which under the 2010 law had a much larger impact on Kentucky than reform of the private...

Billy Reed: Heels deserved to win, but with NCAA inquiry still unresolved, should they be in Final Four?

LOUISVILLE – North Carolina deserved its victory over Kentucky yesterday in a riveting college basketball game that went right to the end before being decided. The Tar Heels of Coach Roy Williams now will move on to next week’s NCAA Final Four in Phoenix, where they’ll be favored to win its sixth national title since the NCAA began sponsoring the tournament in 1939. But I have a question: Should...

Heartbreaker: North Carolina’s last-second shot denies Wildcats a return trip to Final Four

By Keith Taylor KyForward Senior Sports Writer MEMPHIS — Kentucky gave top-seeded North Carolina all it could handle, but couldn’t beat the Tar Heels for a second time this season in another thrilling finish between the two storied programs. Malik Monk tied the score with a long three with seven seconds to play only to see Carolina break the hearts of UK fans everywhere by canning the game-winner...

‘A Passion for Animals’: Legacy Equine Academy opening doors for Hayes Middle School students

By Tammy L. Lane Special to KyForward ​The Legacy Equine Academy, a pilot program this year at Edythe J. Hayes Middle School, is designed for students like Maya Robinson. “I’ve always had a passion for animals,” she said during a tour of Locust Trace AgriScience Center, noting, “It’s always good to learn new things and have new opportunities.” Maya and some two dozen African-American...

Bluegrass & Backroads: Muir Valley a rock climber’s paradise in the heart of the Red River Gorge

Liz and Rick Weber have carved out a climber’s paradise with the help of the Friends of Muir Valley. This hidden treasure, which draws over 40,000 visitors a year, is carefully managed to provide climbers a safe and satisfying place to come year round to challenge themselves on the cliffs of the Red River Gorge in Powell County. Kentucky is a state defined by its history and noted for a number...

Daily Yonder: Miner’s youthful ‘harmless shortcut’ looks a lot different following self evaluation

By Gary Bentley Special to KyForward As a newly minted foreman, Gary sometimes finds himself evaluating his own work from a few years before. He doesn’t always like what he finds. In my new work as a foreman, I had shoveled belt, repaired structure, and wired new lines for sump pumps throughout the mine. I had proven that I could handle the responsibility of prioritizing the most important work...

Keith Taylor: North Carolina all that’s standing in the way of return trip to Final Four for Cats, Calipari

MEMPHIS — Kentucky coach John Calipari is along for the ride, a joyful journey that has his Wildcats within one game of reaching the Final Four for the third time in the past four years. In order to get one of four elusive tickets to the national semifinals next week in Phoenix, Kentucky will have to get past top-seeded North Carolina in the South Region finals Sunday in what figures to be another...

NCAA stands by allegations that Louisville’s Pitino should have known about improper activity

The NCAA is standing by its allegations against the Louisville men’s basketball program and Rick Pitino, saying the coach failed to notice “red flags” in activities by a former staffer who an escort says hired dancers for sex parties with recruits and players. “If Pitino saw no red flags in connection with (Andre) McGee’s interactions with then prospective and current...