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Today it’s 50 years: Men walked on face of the Moon and UK professors, grads were part of Apollo team

By Jenny Wells University of Kentucky Today marks 50 years since human beings first landed and walked on the surface of the moon. Nearly 650 million people around the world watched as Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin stepped down from the lunar module and left their footprints on the lunar surface. It was described by “CBS Evening News” anchor Walter Cronkite as “the greatest adventure”...

Fifty years ago, the first men to reach the Moon spurred the imaginations of legions of ‘Moon Men’

By Stephen Enzweiler Special to KyForward Fifty years ago, on July 16, 1969, the greatest adventure in the history of life on earth got underway. Amid the swirling distractions of the Cold War, Vietnam, and assassinations, three men climbed into a tiny spacecraft perched atop a massive rocket and departed earth on a column of fire, bound for the moon. Apollo 11 liftoff on July 16, 1969, carrying Neil...

During ramp-up to the 50th anniversary of first moon landing, you can go to Moon (it’s not that far)

The Rural Blog The commemorations of the first moon landing ramped up over the weekend and will continue through the week, culminating Saturday with the 50th anniversary of Tranquility Base and the walk. Observances are being held all over the country, but one of the more unusual will be in a Moon you probably never heard of: Moon, Kentucky, an unincorporated community between Crockett and Relief...

Louisville Palace announces 2019 summer movies series schedule and backpack drive

The Louisville Palace has announced its 2019 Children’s Summer Movie Series. The series provides complimentary tickets to the shows via the Louisville Palace Backpack Drive where attendees enjoy Disney and Disney Pixar classics like The Little Mermaid, Cars, and Monsters Inc. on Sunday afternoons at 2 p.m. starting in July and continuing through September. This year, The Louisville Palace is partnering...

EKU to host modern adaptation of Shakespeare’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ in the Ravine

The Ravine at Eastern Kentucky University will host a modern adaptation of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing,” on July 19, 20, 26 and 27 at 7:30 p.m. The 95-minute show is free and open to the public. Food trucks will be on hand for the event. Picnics and blankets are also welcome. Shakespeare’s romantic comedy of errors features the wit and wily word play of two of his sharpest...

Makings of a Master exhibit introduces new pieces for run at Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center

The Kentucky Arts Council’s traveling folk and traditional arts exhibit, Makings of a Master, will be at Bowling Green’s Southern Kentucky Performing Arts Center (SKyPAC) through Aug. 31, and will feature several pieces of art that are new to the exhibit. Willow chairs created by master furniture maker George Beard and his apprentice Justin Roberts, both of Murray, a white oak basket made by National...

Kentucky by Heart: Testing your knowledge of Ky’s history, culture and geography with a ‘County Quiz’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Though I’m not sure I’ve been to all 120 Kentucky counties, I believe it is pretty close to that number. I’ve found that if you study the history, culture, and geography of each, you’ll learn some quite interesting trivia, though the people who make up those counties would not prefer to call them “trivial matters.” Ha. I thought it would be fun for...

You are never too old and Kentucky’s Harlan Sanders tops the Senior List, which just goes to prove it

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today There are lots of stories about young people who become instant millionaires, but there are also those who didn’t reach fame and fortune until after they reached 50, and a Kentuckian tops a list of top 10 late bloomers.

 Col. Harland Sanders, the founder of KFC, became a millionaire at age 74 with his world-famous recipe.

 The Senior List released a study titled...

Volunteers needed for Kentucky River Clean sweep July 27; starts at Clays Ferry Boat Dock

The 2019 Kentucky River Clean Sweep will be held between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.     Volunteers are needed to collect trash from the 12 miles of the Kentucky River that border Fayette County. Register for the event at www.riversweep2019.eventbrite.com. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided for volunteers. Door prizes will be awarded.   Volunteers should gather at the Clays...

GoFundMe account set up for Blackjewel miners, families by Harlan County Community Action

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today An account has been established to support miners and families affected by the Blackjewel LLC mine closures. The GoFundMe account was set up by Harlan County Community Action. Around 1,100 employees were left unemployed across the Appalachian region, including many in eastern Kentucky, when the company declared bankrupty last week, according to Community Action Kentucky. Miners...

Keeneland Library celebrating its 80th year — and planning a series of programs about new TB books

The Keeneland Library, which is celebrating its 80th anniversary this year, will spotlight new publications about Thoroughbred racing – from stories compiled by noted Central Kentucky horseman and longtime radio show host Ercel Ellis to new books about the Triple Crown, the Travers (G1) at Saratoga and Racing Hall of Famer Spectacular Bid – as its popular Library Lecture Series programs continue...

Intrepid Urban Farmer: Hate rain, love rain, don’t/do need rain — gardening is a collision of emotions

By Ginger Dawson Special to KyForward I don’t know about you, but I’ve just about had it with water. It just seems to be everywhere.  I turn on a faucet and it comes out. It always does. Sometimes it announces itself even when not summoned. Drip. Drip. Drip. This was in June after just a couple of days. Almost three inches. (Photos provided) But then, on occasion, when I’ve turned on the...

Kentucky by Heart: Justin Evans’ positive attitude helps through cancer treatments; back to old self

By Steve Flairty Special to KyForward For the regular customers at the Richmond Road Panera Bread, in Lexington, they could tell something wasn’t right with the store manager, Justin Evans. Justin tried to be his usual jovial and upbeat self, but it was a struggle, especially to do so for a nine-hour shift. Truth be told, it just might have had something to do with the chemo treatments he was undergoing...

Our Rich History: Remembering Apollo 11’s reluctant hero Neil Armstrong and his big step 50 years ago

By John Schlipp Special to KyForward This month marks the 50th anniversary of our nation’s historic Apollo 11 flight and the first footsteps of humans on the moon. The launch occurred on July 16, 1969. Crew members Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins accompanied commander Neil Armstrong. Neil and Buzz landed the Eagle (lunar module) on the moon on July 20, while Michael Collins orbited around...

BB Riverboat’s Belle of Cincinnati to race American Queen’s American Duchess on July 15 on the Ohio

Mark your calendars for a good time on July 15th on the Northern Kentucky riverfront when BB Riverboats and the American Queen Steamboat Company will have a Riverboat race — bringing the region back to memories of Tall Stacks. The Spirit of Cincinnati will square off against the American Duchess. It will be the first Belle of Cincinnati race since 2006.   The race will be held on Monday, July...

Kentucky DCBS releases one-year report for Child Welfare Transformation, shows progress in outcomes for children

The Kentucky Department for Community Based Services (DCBS), part of the Cabinet for Health and Family Services, has released its one-year report for its Child Welfare Transformation (CWT) efforts, and it shows progress in outcomes for children and a planned path toward greater preventive and community-based care for families. DCBS Commissioner Eric Clark said the effort began in 2018 in conjunction...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A look at some recently-published nonfiction titles to help beat the heat this summer

By Jamie H. Vaught KyForward Columnist Here are some recently-published nonfiction books that you may want to consider to keep you entertained this summer. • “For the Good of the Game: The Inside Story of the Surprising and Dramatic Transformation of Major League Baseball” by Bud Selig (William Morrow, $28.99) is an unprecedented look at modern baseball. The former Commissioner offers...

Kentucky by Heart: An introduction to the recently-released fifth volume of Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist A frequent question I get regarding the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes series is quite simple: “Steve, where do you get all those stories?” My prompt answer in recent years has gone something like this: “Well, I’ve been at this a while now. People know I do the project, so the stories pretty much come to me…” And though the process may be a bit more...

Campbellsville University to present ‘The Secret Garden’ musical July 4-7 in Russ Mobley Theater

While observing the Fourth of July next week, Campbellsville University has another way to also celebrate the national holiday. “The Secret Garden” musical will be presented by the Campbellsville University Theater Department, Town Hall Productions and Community Trust Bank, and run from July 4 until July 7 in the Russ Mobley Theater, 114 University Drive, Campbellsville, Ky. The play is a musical...

Major expansions at Ark Encounter as it enters year four; auditorium, zoo expansion, playground added

The Ark Encounter is getting ready to celebrate its third anniversary next month, and guests will have many new venues to experience in the fourth year. Provided photos Answers in Genesis (AiG), which operates the Ark Encounter with a full-size Noah’s Ark as the centerpiece, continues to engage in major expansions through 2019. Not surprising, tourist-related businesses in Northern Kentucky/Cincinnati...