Alternative grain storage structures help Kentucky farmers navigate times of slim profit margins

By Katie Pratt Special to KyForward As Kentucky farmers like Brian Shouse and Dan Hendrickson in Union County watched their yield monitors return high numbers during harvest, they knew they would have to figure out somewhere to store this abundance of grain. This was the second year of record or near-record breaking corn yields in Kentucky and many parts of the nation. Couple these yields with slim...

Wildcats have slow start but finish fast in comeback win at Arkansas; final score 87-72

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today It’s not how you start but how you finish and Kentucky finished strong in an impressive 87-72 win at Arkansas Tuesday night at Bud Walton Arena.   The loss snapped the Razorbacks’ four-game winning streak and gave the Wildcats their second consecutive victory. Kentucky also moved one step closer toward securing a bye for next month’s Southeastern Conference Tournament...

The Affrilachian Poets: Celebrating 25 years of a radicallly influential movement of renegade poetics

When Frank X Walker coined the culturally encompassing term “Affrilachian” twenty-five years ago, he had no idea the group of colleagues who got their start inside of an elevator at the University of Kentucky would transform into a radically influential social movement The Affrilachian Poets emerged out of a desire for solidarity and to advance the visibility of diverse voices through the...

Belfry High School students to travel to Kolkata, India to present research on groundwater quality

(l-r) Austin Dillon, Carlie McCoy, Haridas Chandran, Hannah McCoy and Aryn Adkins (Photo provided by Haridas Chandran) When the University of Kentucky sent water testing equipment to nine schools around the state and 10 schools in India, it resulted in a special opportunity for a team of students from Belfry High School. In June, they will travel to Kolkata, India, to present their research on groundwater...

Kentucky’s Tom Hammond is center stage in NBC coverage of Olympics’ ice skating in South Korea

By Melissa White and Amy Jones-Timoney Special to KyForward The familiar voice of Tom Hammond is echoing in living rooms around the country once again as the University of Kentucky alumnus broadcasts the Olympic games for NBC sports. Hammond, a 1967 graduate of the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment, is in a familiar seat for the 2018 Winter Olympics: calling ice skating....

University of Kentucky alumna ‘sleighs’ expectations, becomes first black female skeleton Olympian

By Whitney Harder University of Kentucky It was September when she first touched a skeleton sled out of curiosity. September 2017, that is. As in … five months ago. Before then, she had never heard of the sliding sport where an athlete hurtles head-first down a frozen track. This month, University of Kentucky alumna Simidele “Simi” Adeagbo makes history as Nigeria’s first female...

Jamie Vaught: Celebrating Kentucky’s 1978 National Championship team as Feb. 24 reunion approaches

One of my favorite basketball teams at the University of Kentucky is the 1977-78 squad which won the school’s fifth national title. And it happened while I was a student reporter at UK. I have many stories about the 1978 Wildcats, who finished with a 30-2 mark, and several of them have been published in my UK basketball books and newspaper columns over the years. With the forthcoming reunion of...

In a state thick with cancer, threatened research and screening organizations make cases for state money

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget for the next two fiscal years calls for cuts to five cancer research and prevention programs, including screenings for breast, colon, cervical, lung and ovarian cancer, and for research on lung cancer, all of which plague the state. The programs are included in a list of 70 that Bevin proposed to eliminate to save the state...

Terry Mobley — Rupp UK superstar, long-time UK fundraiser, ‘consummate gentleman’ — dies at age 74

Terry B. Mobley – whose association with the University of Kentucky as a famed basketball player and groundbreaking leader of its fundraising efforts spanned more than five decades – passed away early Monday morning after a long illness. Mobley, 74, was surrounded by family members and loved ones at his passing. He is survived by his loving wife of 40 years, Becky; son, Steve Stone (spouse, Leslie;...

University of Kentucky CBER issues report showing education is key to Kentucky’s economic future

By Michael Childress Special to KyForward Identifying education as the most important factor affecting Kentucky’s economic future, the Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) — the applied economic research branch of the Gatton College of Business and Economics at the University of Kentucky — released its 46th Kentucky Annual Economic Report today. The report is one of the many ways...

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope names Old National Bank vice president John Douglas to board

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope, which offers a variety of equine-assisted activities and therapies at its base in the Kentucky Horse Park, is pleased to welcome John Douglas to its Board of Directors. John Douglas A native of Cynthiana, he graduated from the University of Kentucky before starting a successful career in banking and finance that has spanned nearly 30 years. Douglas is currently a vice...

Researchers say e-cigs safer, but boost chances of youth smoking; more young adults vaping

By Melissa Patrick Kentucky Health News A federally commissioned report on electronic cigarettes found “substantial evidence” that e-cigarette use among teens and young adults increases their chance of using tobacco cigarettes in the future. The report was released the same week as a poll that found e-cigarette use among young adults in Kentucky is increasing. The Kentucky Health Issues...

From Jay Z to Super Bowl halftime shows, University of Kentucky grad engineers entertainment

Super Bowl halftime show set by All Access Staging Productions. (Photo by Brad Duns) By Amy Jones Timoney, Whitney Harder, and Kody Kiser Special to KyForward When people ask James Casalino, “What do you do?” he’s not always sure how to respond. “That’s a great question …” he replies. Entertainment engineering extraordinaire seems to be the best fit. Casalino turns...

University of Kentucky’s Schnatter Institute to host special panel discussion on Bitcoin Feb. 7

By Carl Nathe and Ann Mary Quarandillo Special to KyForward As the popularity of Bitcoin continues to rise, it is also raising serious questions about how it will affect the business world and the global economy. The Schnatter Institute at University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics will address some of these questions with noted economist and internationally known cryptocurrency...

University of Kentucky releases statement regarding possible case of Bacterial Meningitis on campus

The following is a statement released Monday from the University of Kentucky regarding a possible case of bacterial meningitis: On Monday, University of Kentucky officials were informed that a student has been hospitalized with a probable case of bacterial meningitis. Bacterial meningitis is a serious, and potentially fatal disease. In the interest of safety and to ensure everyone’s health and...

Jamie Vaught: Knox’s breakout performance at WVU gives Cats new hope for SEC Freshman OTY honors

Until freshman Kevin Knox’s phenomenal 34-point, seven-rebound effort in Kentucky’s stunning upset of then-No. 7 West Virginia last Saturday night, the Wildcats were in danger of not having an SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of the Year only for the second time during coach John Calipari’s nine-year tenure at the University of Kentucky. As you’ll recall, the previous SEC Freshman (or Newcomer) of...

Kentucky college presidents tell budget committee how Governor’s proposed budget will affect schools

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Three of Kentucky’s public university presidents appeared before a legislative committee on Thursday to describe how Gov. Matt Bevin’s proposed budget will affect them. University of Kentucky President Eli Capilouto told the House Budget Review Subcommittee on Postsecondary Education that the cuts in programs contained in the state’s two-year spending plan will impact...

Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference set for February 22 at Cave City Convention Center

The 37th annual Kentucky Alfalfa and Stored Forage Conference will be hosted on Feb. 22 by the University of Kentucky and the Kentucky Forage and Grassland Council. This daylong conference will extend from 8:00 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. CST at the Cave City Convention Center in Cave City. A field of alfalfa in Scott County (Photo by Matt Barton, UK Agriculture) The conference focuses on teaching ways to...

Dave Adkisson: Immigration reform needed to protect friends and neighbors, and fuel Kentucky’s economy

January is often accompanied by a sense of optimism and hope for the year ahead. But for Dreamers (children born in this country to undocumented immigrant parents), the start of 2018 brings continued uncertainty, as the program that has kept them protected from deportation still remains in jeopardy. In September, the Trump administration announced plans to end the Deferred Action for Childhood...

Constance Alexander: Local papers, increasingly rare crucibles of truth, add value to community news

For as long as I could remember, Daddy worked for a newspaper. His first job was as a newsboy on the streets of St. John, in New Brunswick, Canada. He remembered hawking the daily headlines on busy city streets in all kinds of weather. In winter, he swore the snow was so deep, he had to leave home via an upstairs window and snowshoe downtown to get his papers. Daddy was still an adolescent when his...