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I just returned from a trip to Hazard, in Perry County, where I interviewed District Court Judge Leigh Anne Stephens, whom I believe is a considerably inspirational person. Here’s the reason. Bemoaning the sadness of so many troubled young brought before her in court, she led in establishing a one-week summer camp to help boys receive strong, positive mentoring and wholesome activities to redirect...

Oldham County is the healthiest in Kentucky, according to new County Health Rankings

Oldham County ranks healthiest in Kentucky, according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute.   “This report demonstrates public health successes and highlights opportunities for improvement in counties across the commonwealth,” said Kentucky Public Health Commissioner Dr. Stephanie...

Banjos, Bourbon and Bluegrass: They’re all
in first digitized Bert T. Combs collection

Staff report   Besides the letter ‘B,’ what do banjos, bourbon barrels and Bluegrass have in common? They’re all in the first digitized and posted entry of the Coal, Camps and Railroads collection in the University of Kentucky Libraries.   The National Endowment for the Humanities gave UK a Humanities Collections and Reference Resources grant to digitize 132 cubic feet,...

Down but not out, jobless mom gets college degree, gets off assistance, now helps others

  By Evelyn M. Wood Special to KyForward   In 2002 Dawn Rayburn had three kids, no job and received food stamps. Now after graduating from Hazard Community and Technical College and Eastern Kentucky University through the University Center of the Mountains, she has a job she’s always dreamed of having and has an income that means she no longer qualifies for food stamps.   Dawn Rayburn...

Tiny town’s vote for fairness ordinance shouldn’t be so surprising, native writes

By Ivy Brashear Special to KyForward   The city council of Vicco, Ky., passed a fairness ordinance earlier this month with little local fanfare. There were no protests, no letters to the editor in the local newspaper, The Hazard Herald, no Westboro Baptist Church members holding offensive signs on Vicco’s one street corner.   The council passed this law the same way it approves the city...

Tiny town's vote for fairness ordinance shouldn't be so surprising, native writes

By Ivy Brashear Special to KyForward   The city council of Vicco, Ky., passed a fairness ordinance earlier this month with little local fanfare. There were no protests, no letters to the editor in the local newspaper, The Hazard Herald, no Westboro Baptist Church members holding offensive signs on Vicco’s one street corner.   The council passed this law the same way it approves the city...

Kentucky Human Rights Commission praises Vicco’s ordinance protecting gays, lesbians

Special to KyForward   The Perry County town of Vicco in Eastern Kentucky (population 334) has become the fourth city in Kentucky to pass an ordinance protecting gays and lesbians from discrimination. The small town’s vote follows similar measures in Louisville and Lexington in 1999 and Covington in 2003.   The Kentucky Human Rights Commission released a statement recognizing Vicco’s...