A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Food, fireworks and fun — Paducah to host Independence Day Celebration on the riverfront

The City of Paducah will host an Independence Day Celebration on the riverfront on July 4 with a full day of family fun with food, fireworks, a large-scale community art project, and free entertainment. The event is sponsored in part by Independence Bank. An estimated 10,000 to 15,000 people come each year to the riverfront to enjoy Paducah’s celebration. Food vendors begin serving by 1 p.m. on...

Beshear sues Walgreens as pharmacy, distributor; claims company failed to report flood of pills into KY

Attorney General Andy Beshear has filed suit against Walgreens for its dual role as distributor and pharmacy in allegedly failing to legally monitor its own operations that shipped and dispensed large quantities of opioids through its more than 70 locations statewide. Beshear Beshear said the company’s actions flooded Kentucky communities with dangerous prescription drugs, directly contributing to...

Charity golf outing benefitting Sunrise Children’s Services hits $500,000 mark in 10th year

Thanks to a very generous contribution by his company, A&K Construction president Kenny Hunt announced that this year’s charity golf tournament for Sunrise Children’s Services helped the organization reach the $500,000 mark for funds raised. A&K Construction, presenting sponsor of the A&K Construction/Sunrise Children’s Services Golf Outing, contributed more than $30,000 that night,...

Sekisui Specialty Chemicals gets Governor’s Safety and Health Award for eighth time in nine years

Labor Cabinet Acting Secretary Mike Nemes visited Sekisui Specialty Chemicals in Calvert City today to present a Governor’s Safety and Health Award for the 1,755,643 production hours worked without a lost-time incident by employees. “Today marks the eighth different Governor’s Safety and Health for Sekisui in the last nine years,” Nemes stated. “That is a remarkable feat and it is something...

Legislative leaders name members of a bi-partisan School Safety Working Group

Legislative leaders have named the 10 members of a bi-partisan panel on school safety. The School Safety Working Group was decided upon by House and Senate leadership, in the wake of the shooting at Marshall County High School earlier this year, in which two students were killed and 18 others injured, 14 by bullets and four others while trying to flee. 
Senate President Robert Stivers, R-Manchester...

Office for the Blind, Office of Vocational Rehabilitation to hold 10 public hearings statewide

The Kentucky Office for the Blind and Office for Vocational Rehabilitation have scheduled 10 public hearings in May and June to give consumers and other interested individuals an opportunity to comment on proposed changes, including consolidation of the agencies, combined state plan revisions and Order of Selection of consumers for services. The public hearing schedule is as follows: • Elizabethtown:...

KY FAME helping to meet workforce need; first cohort graduates from unique apprenticeship program

Improving job skills while working can often be a struggle for today’s technical workers. Hiring new workers with the appropriate technical skills to replace or move into a growing number of manufacturing openings being made today by a growing number of retiring baby boomers are becoming a significant nationwide challenge for employers. A new industry and education partnership have brought a...

Eight Kentucky students win $1,000 for college by sharing ideas to change world

The families of eight Kentucky students have won $1,000 college savings accounts with the Kentucky Education Savings Plan Trust after participating in the 2018 KESPT Dream Out Loud Challenge. Each winner’s school also will receive $500. KESPT is Kentucky’s official 529 college savings plan. The Dream Out Loud Challenge invited students from pre-kindergarten through sixth grade to submit an original...

Constance Alexander: Conflict and compromise come alive on Western Kentucky History Day

For the fourth year in a row, students from elementary, middle, and high schools in Western Kentucky made the past come alive on History Day. The annual event, sponsored by the Kentucky Historical Society, brought approximately seventy-five youngsters to Murray State University’s Crisp Center in Paducah last week, where they competed for opportunities to showcase their history projects at a statewide...

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...