Wildcat senior Hawkins visits elementary, middle school students in return to his hometown

By Keith Taylor KyForward senior sports writer BEREA — Dominique Hawkins returned to his hometown Friday. The University of Kentucky senior guard and Madison Central graduate visited four Madison County schools — Kit Carson, Kingston, Daniel Boone and Madison Middle — as part of the #KyBoysTour along with classmate Derek Willis. Derek Willis, left, and Dominique Hawkins, right, sign autographs...

Constance Alexander: Generosity of spirit makes Crystal Estes a memorable person

Crystal Estes eyed my reporter’s notebook and confessed she might not have enough to say for an interview that would be published in the newspaper. Once she dutifully began answering my questions, however, I wasn’t worried. And after a few minutes of conversation, neither was she. Originally from Paducah, Crystal graduated from Reidland High School. After that, she went to Easter Seals, which offers...

WalletHub study shows Lexington is nation’s fourth friendliest city for pets

With National Homeless Animals Day approaching and nearly 80 million American households owning a pet today — an all-time high — WalletHub took an in-depth look at 2016’s Most Pet-Friendly Cities. In order to identify the cities where our furry and slimy friends can enjoy the best quality of life without breaking our wallets, WalletHub’s number crunchers compared the creature-friendliness of...

Lexington ranks as No. 6 among nation’s best-run cities, according to WalletHub study

With moving season in full swing and nearly two-thirds of the U.S. population residing in cities today, the personal-finance website WalletHub conducted an in-depth analysis of 2016’s Best-Run Cities in America. Lexington was ranked among the top 10, checking in at sixth overall. Louisville checked in at 26th while Cincinnati was No. 121. To identify the cities that are managed well by their leaders,...

Calling prospective actors: Extras needed for movie in production near Springfield

A feature length movie, “Sadie & McKayla,” is being shot in the region of Springfield and Lebanon, Kentucky and the casting company says it needs nearly 550 extras for scenes over the next six weeks. A “Meet & Greet” for all interested extras is planned for Saturday, July 23, in Springfield between the hours of 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. at The Opera House, 124 W. Main Street. At this meeting,...

Golf legend Nicklaus visits Legacy Point to finalize critical routing plan for new course

Golf legend and acclaimed course designer Jack Nicklaus recently visited the site of his future Signature Golf Course, Legacy Point, located in Wilmore outside of Lexington, Ky. The Golden Bear, joined by members of his Nicklaus Design team, visited the site in early July to walk and ride the property several times in order to finalize a routing plan. A routing plan is a critical step in the design...

Top Ten: Here’s what UK students love about living, studying in Lexington

10 Things UK Students Love about Lexington 1. Best of both worlds. “I think Lexington’s really neat because it is a big city, but it has a down-home, humble, southern vibe to it…everyone’s really kind.” – Danielle Brewer, Columbus, Ohio “It definitely has the southern hospitality while also having a lot of things to do for a large urban center.” – Trey...

World’s largest remote control jet show roaring into Lebanon July 10-17

Rolling, looping, spinning, racing – expect to see plenty of action in the air above the Lebanon-Springfield Airport when the 12th Annual Jets Over Kentucky Week gets underway July 10-17 in Lebanon, Ky. About 200 pilots from around the world will be in attendance for the world’s largest remote control jet show. Click here to see full event details. Casual fans and remote control jet...

Old Time Kentucky: Robert Summers was a rare anti-smoking advocate over a century ago

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist More than a century before smoking was banned in many public places in Kentucky, the Columbus Dispatch ran a front-page story trashing tobacco. “One man has no more right to void his tobacco smoke into the face of another man than he has to void his saliva,” the un-bylined story said. Reprinted from The Round Table magazine, the story maintained that “…the...

Constance Alexander: With broad appeal, Murray celebrates positive resources for all age groups

In 1988, Murray was still celebrating its designation by Rand-McNally as the #1 retirement community in America, and I was getting married and moving here. As a native northeasterner far from retirement age, I had reservations about my new Kentucky home. Soon after settling in, however, I realized that Murray and Calloway County offered benefits that were not confined to any one age group. Over the...

Kentucky by Heart: Locating U.S. Air Force Academy in Nicholasville could have been real game-changer

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It sounds truly impressive: The United States Air Force Academy, Nicholasville, Kentucky. “Off we go, into the wild blue yonder…” The city named is, of course, incorrect; the institution is actually at Colorado Springs, CO. But according to reports and a story from Byron Crawford in the Courier-Journal in 1987, a Jessamine County site near the Kentucky River,...

Boyle County experiences increase of $3.6 million in tourism spending, revenues up 4.3 percent

Boyle County saw an increase of $3.6 million in tourism expenditures in 2015, an increase of 4.3 percent, according to the Danville Boyle County Economic Development Partnership. The region also experienced record growth with an increase in expenditures topping 4.9 percent. Further, the Danville Boyle County Convention and Visitors Bureau saw its best year to date in 2015 bringing in over $175,000...

Open Invitation: Governor says everyone is welcome at Downtown Derby Celebration Saturday

Gov. and Mrs. Matt Bevin cordially invite all Kentuckians and their guests to join them at the Governor’s Downtown Derby Celebration on May 7 from 9 a.m. until 1 pm. in downtown Frankfort. “Glenna and I are honored to welcome everyone to the 2016 Derby Celebration,” said Bevin. “This year’s ‘Run for the Roses’ will be the highlight of a fun-filled weekend in the Commonwealth. We are thrilled...

Sherwood Bedding to open factory in Walton, creating 150 jobs with $11 million investment

Gov. Matt Bevin announced Friday that Sherwood Bedding, a fast-growing independently owned manufacturer, will locate a 174,000-square-foot mattress production factory in Walton, investing approximately $11.1 million its operation and creating up to 150 jobs. Sherwood Midwest could open as soon as next month in Boone County and will be the company’s fourth U.S. factory. “Bringing the Sherwood Midwest...

Pair of Lexington projects among 37 nationally to receive funding from Knight Cities Challenge

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation Tuesday announced that 37 innovative projects will share $5 million as winners of the Knight Cities Challenge. Each of the ideas centers on helping cities attract and keep talented people, expand economic opportunities and create a culture of civic engagement. The challenge attracted more than 4,500 ideas to make the 26 communities where Knight invests more...

Auto industry supplier Thai Summit to create 216 jobs with new Bardstown auto supply facility

Thai Summit America Corp., which supplies stamped and welded parts to automakers, plans to build a $110 million facility in Bardstown – its first in Kentucky – creating 216 full-time positions, Gov. Matt Bevin said Thursday. “With a reputation for quality products earned across three decades in the U.S., Thai Summit makes a welcome addition to both Kentucky’s automotive industry and the Nelson...

Dollar General Store sets grand opening for new, larger store in Georgetown for Saturday

Dollar General will hold the grand opening its new store in Georgetown, Ky., at 859 S. Broadway St on Saturday, April 2 beginning at 8 a.m. Customers will enjoy special deals and free prizes at the grand opening event. Additionally, the first 50 adult shoppers will receive a $10 Dollar General gift card and the first 200 shoppers will receive a Dollar General tote bag, among other giveaways. The new...

Old Time Kentucky: Father of Bourbon Elijah Craig imagined he could serve God and mammon both

By Berry Craig KyForward columnist In early Kentucky, many a vote was swayed, outright bought or rewarded with whiskey. Campaign expenses included barrels of booze, “the spirit of democracy” when the Bluegrass State was young. Popularity awaited any Kentuckian who could “drink whiskey, and talk loud, with the fullest confidence,” wrote Frankfort editor Amos Kendall, later an important...

Danville earns its highest ranking among the top performing micropolitans for economic development

The Danville Micropolitan Area is once again being recognized for its economic development success. The Danville Micropolitan Area was named by SITE Selection magazine as one of the top-performing micropolitan areas in the country for new and expanded business and industry projects in 2015. The Danville Micropolitan Area, which includes Boyle and Lincoln counties, earned its highest ranking in the...

EatKentucky: Frankfort’s well-named Cliffside Diner a classic, unspoiled small town place

By Alan Cornett Special to KyForward Cliffside Diner is certainly well named. Built on a strip of land between a real live cliff below all the Kentucky Capitol goings-on and a road that hugs the meandering Kentucky River, Cliffside has been serving traditional diner fare for decades. The current Cliffside is a reboot of the old diner, which went out of business several years ago. This is Cliffside...