A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Kentucky’s 2019 Teacher of the Year Jessica Dueñas is a force for Oldham County’s struggling students

By Mike Marsee Special to KyForward Jessica Dueñas is sure her father would have been proud. Dueñas’ father, Arcadio, died on April 27, less than three weeks before she was named the 2019 Kentucky Teacher of the Year. “In a joking manner, he always thought his kids were the best,” Dueñas said. “He would say something like, ‘Of course my daughter would have gotten this.’” Dueñas, a...

Former Kentucky Athletics Director C.M. Newton dies at age 88

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today The University of Kentucky athletics department lost an icon Monday night when former Athletics Director C.M. Newton died at age 88 following a long illness. Newton coached at Transylvania, then went to Alabama and closed out his collegiate coaching career at Vanderbilt. Following his stint with the Commodores, took over the helm of the athletics department at Kentucky,...

Braidy Industries breaks ground on $1.6B rolling mill near Ashland, will bring 600 jobs to region

At Friday’s ceremonial start of construction on the $1.5 billion, 600-job Braidy Industries aluminum rolling mill near Ashland, Gov. Matt Bevin joined elected officials and business leaders in hailing the project as the economic comeback of Eastern Kentucky and a direct result of the state’s right-to-work legislation. Gov. Matt Bevin addresses the crowd at Friday’ groundbreaking (photo credit...

Hands On History Saturdays at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site through the summer

Family-friendly activities related to archaeology, Mississippian Native American culture and the natural environment will be offered on Saturdays through the summer at Wickliffe Mounds State Historic Site. A child plays a Native American game at Wickliffe Mounds (provided photo). Each “Hands On History Saturday” activity will be demonstrated by park staff for visitors of all ages and will include...

Kentucky Teacher: Big Dig gives kids a firsthand look at the construction industry’s machinery, equipment

By Bobby Ellis Special to KyForward At the Big Dig, there was the sound of running engines, large machines digging up dirt and horns. A lot of horns. The Big Dig, an event open to the public at the Boone County Fairgrounds, gives children and adults the opportunity to sit on and operate different machines from across the construction and building industries. Children were allowed to drive excavators,...

Chef John Foster: It’s finals time for student chefs learning balance between risk-taking, technique

Practical finals are here, with students bent over their tables frantically working away on knife cuts, sauce work, and plate designs. This is when culinary school gets “real” for most of the kids, their first taste of trial under fire when they must make decisions that affect their grades. And believe me, grades are important to some because they determine ranking, scholarships and a...

Kentucky HEALTH to partner with Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in Medicaid waiver program

The Commonwealth of Kentucky has announced a partnership with the Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky in preparation for the launch of Kentucky HEALTH (Helping to Engage and Achieve Long-Term Health), the state’s innovative Medicaid waiver program. The Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, a statewide nonprofit focused on health policy and advocacy, will support Kentucky HEALTH’s community engagement...

A yard sale aficionado’s dream, 400 Mile Sale spanning U.S. 68 across Ky runs through Sunday

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A yard sale aficionado’s dream comes true later this week, with the 400 Mile Sale, taking place along the entire length of U. S. 68 in Kentucky, Thursday through Sunday.   400 Mile Sale spokesperson Debby Spencer said the sale started 14 years ago in hopes of enticing people to get off the interstates and parkways:  “It was hoped that people would shop in the many...

Washington plans to return to UK next season; Gabriel opts to remain in NBA Draft

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today PJ Washington opted against remaining in the NBA Draft and will return for his sophomore campaign, while Wenyen Gabriel has decided to leave the school. Washington unveiled his future plans on Twitter Wednesday afternoon with a video and the inscription, “I’m back.” Washington participated in the NBA Combine last week and hinted that he would return if he wasn’t...

At 17, she’s on her way to realizing a little girl’s dream — owning an ice cream business, going to UK

By David Kubota NKyTribune reporter As a little girl, Taylor Cook, 17, of Frankfort, had always dreamed of one day owning her own ice cream business, and she also always dreamed of going to the University of Kentucky. When she reached high school, as a member of the Future Farmers of America, she was required to complete a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) throughout her high school experience....

Warner has shaken up the world of 3D printing with Gorilla Maker; now has big plans for future growth

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune With his Verona-based Gorilla Maker, Glenn Warner has already disrupted the world of 3D printing. As a partner in the Downtown Cincinnati startup Physna, Warner seems poised to help disrupt the world of quality control. Glenn Warner stands in “The Zoo,” that section of the house trailer in Verona where Gorilla Maker makes its 3D printers (photo by Kevin...

As swimming and boating season returns, stay safe with these tips to avoid electric shock around water

With Memorial Day and the start of summer upon us, the risk of electric shock around swimming and boating activities increases. In an effort to keep summertime safe, the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) is reminding people about the potential electrical hazards in swimming pools, hot tubs and spas, in and around boats and marinas. Electric shock drowning (ESD) happens when faulty wiring...

University of Kentucky hospital volunteer Janice Boyd recognized for over 11,000 hours of service

By Hilary Brown Special to KyForward Stop by the gift shop in Pavilion H in the University of Kentucky Chandler Hospital and be greeted with a warm smile and a sympathetic ear. Janice Boyd has volunteered in this gift shop, as well as other parts of Chandler, for over 30 years. She believes the community of patients, doctors and nurses help her just as much as she helps them. “I love the people,”...

Rural Blog: This is how former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath won the Democratic primary

The victory of former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath in Tuesday’s Democratic primary in Kentucky’s 6th Congressional District was based in part on a strategy of appealing to rural voters, especially through rural newspapers. That was the idea of campaign manager Mark Nickolas, who had quit political work more than a decade ago and “had never worked in a campaign in the digital era,” reports Michael...

Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony at Eastern Kentucky University honors five fallen officers

“At 31 years old, my world was shattered,” said Amy Ellis, widow of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was killed in the line of duty five years ago today. “We lost all our hopes and dreams. I was terrified and angry.” Amy Ellis spoke Thursday during the Kentucky Law Enforcement Memorial ceremony, which honored the lives of five Kentucky officers who died in the line of duty. Ellis...

Chef John Foster: Yummmm, nothing like fresh summer strawberries to tempt the tastebuds

The image of the strawberry, bright red, plump and glistening with morning dew permeates early summer like a beacon. It says welcome to the warm weather, the summer vacation of mind and body, a sigh of relief that the cold grey weather has finally gone. The first of many berries that will grace our tables this season it holds a place of dominance that few other fruits can. With the exception of the...

NKITA members hear about Japan’s influence on state’s auto industry, take a few laps, at KY Speedway

By Kevin Eigelbach Northern Kentucky Tribune At the May meeting of the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association (NKITA), Toshio Nakao told a story that illustrated the difference between American and Japanese ideas of justice. Mark Simendinger, general manager of the Kentucky Speedway, talks with attendees at the Northern Kentucky International Trade Association meeting at the Speedway on...

Rural Blog: Students in rural communities facing backlash when speaking out in favor of gun control

Recent school shootings have inspired a wave of gun-control activism, some of it from students, and a few of those students from rural areas. “In a more liberal city like Parkland, Fla., or at a rally in Washington, these students might have been celebrated as young leaders,” Jack Healy reports for The New York Times. “But in rural, conservative parts of the country where farm fields...

May, July peak months for grilling fires; stay safe with these tips to keep your cookouts combustion-free

Grilling season is right around the corner and grill gurus everywhere are preparing for many family parties and barbecues. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages grillers to pay attention to safety during the spring and summer months when home fires involving grilling incidents occur most often. In 2011 – 2015, fire departments responded to an average of 9,600 home fires involving...

It will be a Barr-McGrath match-up in November; Linda Gorton prevails as Lexington mayor

Staff Report In one of the most-watched primary election races Tuesday, Lexington Mayor Jim Gray lost by a surprising margin to political newcomer and retired U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Col. Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary for the 6th Congressional District. Republican incumbent Andy Barr won handily over challenger Chuck Eddy and will face McGrath in the fall. Gray conceded the race to McGrath...