Tobacco’s Toll: New push aims to curb the other addiction problem in country’s sickest states

By Mary Meehan Special to KyForward Hundreds of kids scurrying to buses are oblivious to a sign above them declaring Bourbon County High School “100 percent Tobacco Free.” But upstairs in the library, sophomore and anti-smoking advocate Jacob Steward unfurls a six-foot scroll with earth-toned papers trapped between clear sheets of laminate. He begins reading the anti-smoking slogans he’ll post...

Big Blue Crush celebrates 30th anniversary of Kentucky vs. Tennessee blood drive Nov. 13-17

This year marks the 30th time that Kentucky and Tennessee fans have competed to see who can donate the most blood for the holidays. The annual Big Blue Crush is Nov. 13-17. “Big Blue Crush is a fun week for donors and our staff, but it’s mostly about Kentucky patients. It’s our biggest blood donation week of the year and supports the healthcare of Kentucky during the holidays, a time when blood...

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky Counties seeking case review volunteers

Citizen Foster Care Review Boards in 71 Kentucky counties are seeking volunteers to review cases of children placed in care because of dependency, neglect or abuse to ensure they are placed in safe, permanent homes as quickly as possible. The counties in need of volunteers to be trained soon are Barren, Bath, Bell, Boone, Boyd, Bracken, Breathitt, Bullitt, Butler, Caldwell, Campbell, Carter, Christian,...

Constance Alexander: Art of outreach is a give-and-take process, highlighted by Side by Side project

Lily Higgins stacked boxes in a pyramid and iced the surface with scads of glue glitter and pompoms to create “Racetrack Birthday Cake.” Garrison Kelly turned a piece of wood into a graceful mallet and used colored pencils to trim the ridges with a rainbow of blue, purple, yellow and orange. Jayson Walker’s inventive inclinations were sparked by storytelling, and he created a book called “Spiritual...

Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory marketing program taking applications

Applications are available online for artists interested in participating in the Kentucky Arts Council’s Performing Artists Directory, a marketing assistance program that supports Kentucky performers of music, dance, theater and storytelling. The Performing Artists Directory is an adjudicated online roster of performing artists used by in-state and out-of-state presenters and others as a resource...

Small Business Spotlight: Tim and Ellie Harman are high on art, high on coffee and, yes, high on success

(Photo by Jonathan Coffman) “Some people look at us like we’re nuts … but we say hello every time anyone walks through the door.” — Ellie Harman, High on Art & Coffee By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern When Tim and Ellie Harman married, her passion for art and his passion for a good cup of joe were also joined together. And if that wasn’t enough wedded bliss,...

The Licking River: A 300-mile journey
from mountains to thriving metropolis

  Part one of a seven-part series   The Licking River begins with a whimper on its 300-mile plus journey north from headwaters in the mountains of Kentucky to its crescendo as it converges with the Ohio River at metro Cincinnati. Veteran reporter Andy Mead undertook his journey in an aluminum canoe, braving the elements on and off over more than a year, to experience himself the good, the...

Louisville’s Forecastle Festival, with Sam Smith among headliners, ready for 13th year

    By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Sam Smith, My Morning Jacket and Widespread Panic are among the top acts on board when the Forecastle Festival sets sail for its 13th year in downtown Louisville’s Waterfront Park.   In addition to the more than 50 performances during the three-day festival, there will be six late-night shows at various Louisville venues.   The...

Nearly thirty Kentucky swimmers expected to compete at Eastern Sectionals in Georgia

The UK Swim and Dive team huddled together before a contest with Ohio State at the Lancaster Aquatic Center in Lexington. (Photo from Facebook)   As a lead-in to the USA Swimming National Championships, members of the Kentucky swimming team will compete at the highly-competitive Eastern Sectional meet in Athens, Georgia, July 9-12.   The meet will also be an opportunity for Kentucky swimmers...

Kentucky Speedway’s weekend packed with races and entertainment opportunities galore

Kentucky Speedway’s three-race NASCAR weekend will feature 925 miles of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series, XFINITY Series and Camping World Truck Series.   Race fans will be able to cheer on their favorite driver with a green Quaker State rally towel Saturday when NASCAR’s elite drivers compete on the 1.5-mile tri-oval in the Quaker State 400 presented by Advance Auto Parts.   “The Quaker State...

Multiple Kentucky, Louisville players on watch lists for college football awards

Brandon Radcliff celebrating during the 2014 Belk Bowl. (Photo from UofL Media Relations)   Staff report   Look out – five football players from Kentucky universities have been recognized on watch lists for college football awards.   The awards will honor excellent performances and versatility throughout the 2015-16 season.   Louisville junior running back Brandon Radcliff...

Kentucky men’s basketball leads nation in overall attendance, women’s places seventh

Kentucky’s men’s basketball program led the nation in total home attendance for the first time in five years, according to NCAA figures released Monday. (Photo from Facebook)   Kentucky basketball was the team to watch this year, and now the stats back it up for both the men and women’s programs.   Both Kentucky basketball programs were among the top in national attendance...

Kentucky men’s basketball leads nation in overall attendance, women’s places seventh

Kentucky’s men’s basketball program led the nation in total home attendance for the first time in five years, according to NCAA figures released Monday. (Photo from Facebook)   Kentucky basketball was the team to watch this year, and now the stats back it up for both the men and women’s programs.   Both Kentucky basketball programs were among the top in national attendance...

Fourteen UK swimming and diving student-athletes set records as Scholar All-Americans

Fourteen Kentucky Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the CSCAA. (Photo from Facebook)   Record-setting academic honors continue to come in for the Kentucky swimming and diving team following the 2014-15 season. Last week, 14 Wildcats were named Scholar All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.   The 14 UK student-athletes recognized, the most Scholar...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted by a blockbuster deal prior to upcoming NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Former Wildcats stock could be impacted
by a blockbuster trade prior to NBA Draft

Seven Kentucky players declared for the NBA Draft following the NCAA Tournament (UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Seven Kentucky players will wait to hear their names called during the NBA Draft Thursday night, and their anticipation could not be higher following trade speculation that may impact their stock.   Rumors of the Los Angeles Lakers “aggressively”...

Welcome to the BBNBA: Kentucky rookies could join former Wildcats through draft

Willie Cauley-Stein, Andrew Harrison, Trey Lyles, Dakari Johnson, Devin Booker, Karl-Anthony Towns and Aaron Harrison declared for the NBA Draft April 9. (Photo by UK Athletics)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   When John Calipari arrived as head coach of Kentucky in 2009, he came with a reputation for quickly developing future NBA superstars. But few expected there would soon be multiple...

Blue Angels group ‘builds faith’ in health care, creates long-distance bond for doctors, moms

By Laura Dawahare and Allison Perry Special to KyForward   Two-week old Bransen Roberts sleeps peacefully despite the bustle of the Pediatric Clinic at UK Healthcare. When his mother Becky Triplett removes him from his car seat to be weighed and measured, he grimaces slightly and stuffs his fist into his mouth, annoyed at the interruption, but otherwise submits quietly to the gentle poking and...

Medical students leading ‘team effort’ to increase young patients’ physical activity

Patients treated at the Pediatric High BMI Diagnostic Clinic participated in weekly exercise sessions with medical students. (Photo provided)   By Elizabeth Adams Special to KyForward   Chance Ridgeway hasn’t stopped moving for 45 straight minutes.   Sweat beads form on the brow of the 11-year-old as he vigorously touches his left elbow to his right knee, then meets his right elbow...

St. John Catholic School 4th in national recycling rally, earns $2,500 to 'go green'

St. John Catholic School students joined together to recycle in Georgetown and earned $2,500 through a national program (Photo provided)   By Jonathan Coffman KyForward intern   Americans use 2,500,000 plastic bottles every hour, according to the Recycling Revolution website, but one Georgetown school has found an opportunity to turn their sodas into success.   St. John Catholic School...