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Kentucky by Heart: George Wright grew up poor but he listened when his mother said ‘no excuses’

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist When George Wright was growing up in poverty in Lexington over 50 years ago, he felt like he was living in shame and didn’t want others to know about it. It got worse when his parents divorced. His grades were bad, even though he had a good mind. “I always acted real out-going and was a show-off,” said George. “I didn’t let people know of the hurt in my...

Keeping up with those pesky pests around your home — spiders, mosquitos, mice and more

By Carrie Nichols Special to KyForward Having a house of your own all to yourself can be great; after all, most of us are fans of having more space for our stuff, and a big expansive yard. However, all of that does come at a price; maintaining a house is not only more costly than when you’re living in an apartment, but it also takes more time. For instance, keeping up with pests around your home...

Kentucky’s Muhammed Ali Center, SEEK Museum become newest additions to U.S. Civil Rights Trail

In recognition of Black History Month, Governor Andy Beshear and Tourism, Arts and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Mike Berry announced today that Kentucky will now be home to the newest sites on the historic the U.S. Civil Rights Trail. The Muhammad Ali Center in Louisville and the SEEK Museum in Russellville mark the latest additions to the U.S. Civil Rights Trail making Kentucky home to 5 sites on the...

How do I love thee, let’s count the ways; why don’t we just spend time together for Valentine’s Day?

Tomorrow is Valentine’s day — a day for lovers and friends — and ripe with pressure to get it right. Whether you’re making a first impression on your crush or are celebrating the holiday with your longtime sweetheart, you may be stuck on how to show your affection (and at what cost). Thanks to a recent survey of a cross-section of 1,403 adults (18 and over) conducted by TopCashback.com,...

Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones headline Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival

An internationally known Irish music group returns to the Bluegrass to headline the city’s St. Patrick’s festivities on March 14 as part of the 41st annual Alltech Lexington St. Patrick’s Parade and Festival. Derek Warfield and the Young Wolfe Tones will play a free performance at 3:30 p.m. at Robert F. Stephens Courthouse Plaza. They’re one of nine acts participating in the annual festival...

Show the birds some love during 23rd annual Great Backyard Bird Count this Valentine’s Day weekend

A Caspian Tern spotted in Mississippi during the 2019 GBBC. (Photo by Sharon Milligan) The Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC) returns for its 23rd year Valentine’s Day weekend, Feb. 14-17. This year’s count begins Friday and continues through Monday. Volunteers from around the world count the birds they see for at least 15 minutes on one or more days of the count, and then enter their checklists...

Kentucky by Heart: Return to Harrodsburg brings back childhood memories of visit to Ft. Harrod

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Last week, I spoke at the Mercer County Public Library in Harrodsburg about my Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series. In my talks, I always like to add some “local color” to the opening remarks for my audience. It didn’t take much thought to come up with some personal observations drawn from my past to use for the Harrodsburg audience. Mercer County Library...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: Politics, power and corruption: A review of some recently-released nonfiction books

• “LBJ’s 1968: Power, Politics, and the Presidency in America’s Year of Upheaval” by Kyle Longley (Cambridge University Press, $15.95) is a new 361-page paperback which tells a fascinating story about President Lyndon B. Johnson and the significant events of 1968. The author leads his readers on a behind-the-scenes tour of what Johnson characterized as the “year of a continuous nightmare.”...

Lt. Governor Jacqueline Coleman, husband Chris O’Bryan announce birth of daughter, Evelynne

Kentucky Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared on social media that she gave birth to a daughter Saturday morning. Lt. Gov. Jacqueline Coleman shared this photo of her new daughter and husband on her official Facebook page Saturday afternoon. (Photo from Kentucky Today) “Chris, Emma, Will, Nate and I are blessed to welcome the newest member of #TeamKentucky, Evelynne Jeanette Coleman-O’Bryan, who...

Lexington looks to raise awareness of water quality, beautify community with storm drain design contest

The City of Lexington is launching a storm drain design contest. Participants of all ages are encouraged to design and paint a storm drain to help bring attention to local waterways and how residents can protect them. Proposed designs will be accepted on a rolling basis through Tuesday, March 31 at 5 p.m. After the design is approved, artwork must be completed by Sunday, April 26. Materials will be...

NKU history students partnering with five Kentucky counties to research history of bourbon journey

Northern Kentucky University history students are working with five Kentucky counties to research the history of the Commonwealth’s original bourbon journey.  In his book, Bourbon: The Rise, Fall, and Rebirth of an American Whiskey, acclaimed author Fred Minnick noted that given “all the facts we have, Jacob Spears is bourbon’s most probable creator.” Spears, whose distillery was located...

Second chances, rediscovered faith and addiction treatment center help save Kentucky man’s life

By Zac Oakes Special to KyForward Frank Knapp is a thankful man. He’s thankful for second chances and opportunity. A recovering alcoholic with 18 months of sobriety under his belt, Knapp, 57, credits a rediscovered relationship with Christianity, his family, and an addiction treatment center in Central Kentucky for saving his life and providing him with an opportunity to live a life that he never...

Kentucky by Heart: Author and storyteller Ben Woodard ‘lets himself go’ in his books for children

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Ben Woodard developed good literary skills and a strong work ethic early in his young days growing up in Lexington, where he told neighborhood kids stories. Those attributes pretty much set a firm foundation for the success he has today as a successful children’s author and storyteller, with ten published books, many others in process, and occasionally is a speaker...

End of an era, as Supreme Court Clerk Susan Clary has spent last day serving the high court 40 years

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today It’s the end of an era, as Supreme Court Clerk Susan Clary retired Friday after nearly 40 years of service to the High Court. She began her career shortly after graduating from the University of Kentucky College of Law in 1981, serving as law clerk for then-Supreme Court Justice James B. Stevenson. Susan Clary (Photo by Tom Latek, Kentucky Today) The following year, she...

Anybody want a bison? Big Bone Lick State Historic Site has three up for auction; deadline is Feb. 10

The Kentucky Department of Parks is auctioning three bison at Big Bone Lick State Historic Site. The cow, heifer and bull are being sold in one lot. The deadline for sealed bids is Feb. 10. This heifer is one of the three up for auction Bids should include your name, address and daytime telephone number. A $100 deposit is required with all bids (check or money order); deposit check returned to all...

Fans don’t let fans drive drunk on Super Bowl Sunday; pass keys to a sober driver before party

Football fans across the country are gearing up to celebrate America’s most-watched sporting event, Super Bowl LIV this Sunday. For many, the Super Bowl celebration will include drinking alcohol, so the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s (KYTC) Office of Highway Safety is teaming with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration for a Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk reminder urging football...

Kentucky FIRST LEGO League state championship Saturday at Northern Kentucky University

Northern Kentucky University will once again host the Kentucky FIRST LEGO League (FLL) state championship on Saturday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Nearly 500 students from across the Commonwealth will meet in NKU’s Regents Hall to find out if they have what it takes to build the best LEGO-built robot in the state. Winners from 2019 Kentucky FIRST LEGO League state championship (Image provided) The joint...

Ludlow’s Paul Miller is a genuine clown, but take seriously his social purpose, entrepreneurship

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward By now, I imagine just about everybody in Northern Kentucky has heard of Circus Mojo, and the Bircus Brewing Company, located in the historic Ludlow Movie Theatre. Paul Hallinan Miller (Photo by Ginger Dawson) These two, the circus, with its school, and the brewery, are the brainchildren of Paul Hallinan Miller. Paul, up to this point (he’s only 44 years old)...

Now, for a little fun, you can name this new species of crayfish to support ‘Kentucky Wild;’ clock is ticking

The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources is offering a unique opportunity to name a new species through an auction to help support vulnerable wildlife facing threats in the Commonwealth. Kentucky Fish and Wildlife at-risk species biologist Zack Couch discovered the rare crayfish near Louisville, and it is only known to exist in a few streams in Jefferson, Bullitt and Meade counties. Funding...

Kentucky by Heart: A sampling of favorites from Kentucky’s bookworms to kick off the new year

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist It’s a new year and the winter season, and for many of us, it’s a time to renew — or simply resume — our reading habit. As I’ve done previously in this column, I figured it would be fun to see what literary delights Kentuckians are tasting these days. For a change of pace, I’m reading a couple of young adult books by Lexington author Ben Woodard....