Celebrate a Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event in Historic Downtown Paducah

On the Saturday after Thanksgiving, historic downtown Paducah will be bustling with holiday shoppers and Christmas cheer. On November 25, enjoy the Dickens of a Christmas Small Business Saturday event organized by Paducah Main Street, a division of the Paducah Planning Department. From 10 a.m. until 4 p.m., downtown Paducah will be transformed into a Dickens atmosphere with free Victorian carriage...

Kentucky League of Cities names annual award winners at annual conference in Northern Kentucky

The Kentucky League of Cities (KLC) has announced its annual awards for Elected City Official of the Year, the City Employee of the Year and Enterprise Cities Awards for innovative city programs and projects. The winners were recognized at the KLC Conference & Expo in Covington. KLC will make formal presentations locally to all winners in coming weeks. The Elected City Official of the Year...

Kentucky by Heart: From ‘splittin’ jeans’ to splitting genes, Pendleton County native earned Nobel Prize

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Rural Kentucky had a big part to play in the awarding of the 1993 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine. That’s because Dr. Phillip Sharp, who accepted the international award along with Richard J. Roberts, was raised on a tobacco farm near Falmouth, along the Licking River, in Pendleton County. Put simply, the prize recognized the two’s work to “split”...

Nine Kentuckians, including journalist Al Smith, receive Governor’s Awards in the Arts

  Nine Kentuckians have been presented with 2015 Governor’s Awards in the Arts.   The 2015 Governor’s Award was designed by folk artist Minnie Adkins of Isonville. “These awardees represent such a rich diversity of background and experience, but they have in common that they have risen above and beyond in their commitment to hone and refine their respective talents. In the case...

Kentucky by Heart: So long Paul … thanks
for walking beside me when I needed it most

  By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist   Paul Parrott passed away a couple of weeks ago. He was 90. We became fast friends about 10 years ago as neighbors in a modest apartment complex in southwestern Lexington. At the time we met, I was experiencing a difficult divorce and living in cramped quarters a short walk across the parking lot from Paul and his wife, Dee.   Steve Flairty grew...

Standing Out: Rare white Thoroughbreds pique curiosity, command celebrity status

Racehorses registered as white are becoming more prevalent but are still rare. (Photo by John Engelhardt/Belterra Park)   By Liane Crossley Kyforward correspondent   White Thoroughbreds have a certain allure. Reminiscent of mythical unicorns and The Lone Ranger’s legendary Silver, the ivory beauties stand out among their peers.   Paul and Berva Megson and their family became so charmed...

Finally Home: Remains of WWII soldier William Carneal of Paducah returned to family

The remains of Army Sgt. William Carneal arrive at Nashville International Airport. (Photo from Live5News.com)   By Anne McCloy WCSC-TV   After a decades-long mystery, the family of a World War II soldier finally has some closure. Army Sgt. William Carneal, who disappeared nearly 70 years ago, will soon be laid to rest in his native Kentucky.   “It’s a happy day for us and...

Kentucky Art Council’s March featured artist handcrafts three-dimensional fabric purses

When Kentucky artist Amanda Clark goes shopping for fabric, she is usually drawn to a special bolt. The fabric will have good quality, a nice texture and a design that makes her smile. She will use that fabric to craft a purse that will – hopefully – make someone else smile too.   Amanda Clark is the owner of Cattywumpus Bags in Paducah. (Photo from Kentucky Arts Council) Clark,...

Artists create place to live, work and sell
in Paducah’s once-troubled Lowertown area

The adventurous spirit of Vincent Van Gogh alerts visiting artists looking for empty fixable homes or vacant lots. (Noah Adams/NPR)   By Noah Adams National Public Radio   How do you fix a neighborhood? What do you do about crime and drugs and the once-lovely old houses that are falling down? The answer in Paducah was to turn it into a special place for artists to live, work and sell.   Paducah,...

Wayne Stacy: Reproductions of famous Nina and Pinta allow you to sail aboard history

A view across the Ohio River from the deck of the S.V. Nina as she was moored at the Joe’s Crab Shack Dock in Louisville   The things I see:   The Nina and Pinta, the world’s most authentic reproductions of the Christopher Columbus’s ships, are returning to Kentucky. The ships will be in Grand Rivers near Paducah from Aug. 29 to Sept. 9. In September 2012, I was fortunate enough...

Mack McCormick: The Kentucky Barbecue Book takes readers on barbecue pilgramage

Texas, Memphis, North Carolina and Kansas City are known as the “Big Four” of national barbecue fame. Amid the smoke and char, Kentucky barbecue has been largely — and unfairly — overlooked. While bourbon and fried chicken claim most of Kentucky’s culinary fame, the state’s barbecue is distinctive to the region as well. Although unusual and unfamiliar to many barbecue aficionados...