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Kentucky by Heart: Authors West, Brackney offer sordid details of two Kentucky murder mysteries

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist My usual amount of reading is a lot, but with staying healthy at home to avoid Covid-19, I’ve upped the load. I recently devoured a few non-fiction books about murder cases taking place in Kentucky, one written by Gary P. West and the other by Peter Brackney. West’s book dealt with one that happened in 1975 near Elizabethtown (commonly called “E-town”)....

University of Louisville interior design students gain experience through homeless veterans project

By Alicia Kelso University of Louisville In the fall of 2019, Valerie Fuchs, a part-time professor at the Hite Art Institute in the University of Louisville’s Department of Fine Arts, tasked her interior design students with designing a few rooms and raising funds for the Louisville Hotel for the homeless. Unable to reach anyone in time, that project was put on hold. But the fire had been ignited...

Stuart Sanders: Post-World War II ‘Greatest Generation’ teaches resilience amid pandemic

For some of us, our resolve is cracking. Weeks spent at home avoiding the coronavirus has been tiring. We’re depressed. Our resilience is fading. To bolster my patience, I remember the Americans who endured the Great Depression and the shortages and horrors of World War II. Specifically, I think about my wife’s paternal grandfather and how he spent the first twenty years of his life. D. C. Neighbors...

Memorial service for Phyllis George, former Kentucky First Lady, to be livestreamed on KET Monday

KET will livestream the memorial service for Phyllis George, the former Kentucky First Lady, Miss America and pioneering female sportscaster, on Monday (May 25) at 3/2 p.m. at KET.org. George, who died May 14 of complications from a rare blood disorder, became one of the first women to have a prominent role in televised sports when she was hired by CBS Sports in the 1970s. In 1979, George married John...

Kentucky Association of Health Plans responding to COVID-19 through boosted coverage for patients

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented unprecedented challenges for Kentucky and the members of the Kentucky Association of Health Plans (KAHP). Made up of the Commonwealth’s Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) and commercial health insurance providers, KAHP is providing support to patients using care management programs that ensure providers have the highest quality, real-time data to identify,...

Kentucky soldier’s heroism, 20-year campaign for Medal of Honor, subjects of KET documentary May 25

As Americans honor patriotic sacrifice on Memorial Day, KET will premiere the story of a Kentucky soldier who repeatedly put his life on the line for his country – but wasn’t fully honored for it until 73 years later. “From Honor to Medal: The Story of Garlin M. Conner,” airing at 8/7 p.m. ET/CT on May 25, tells the story of one of the most decorated soldiers of World War II – who received...

Kentucky by Heart: Tiny Wickliffe community has a lot of ‘Hart’ and many treasured souls

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Wickliffe, Kentucky, sets along the Mississippi River, a couple miles from where the Ohio River flows into “Father of the Waters.” The town is a part of the Jackson Purchase region in the westernmost part of the state. According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the Ballard County place has 688 residents and a total area of 1.2 miles. From my perspective,...

Inspired by teachers at Mercer County, NKU’s Emmy Souder aims to make impact through education

By Chloe Smith Northern Kentucky University In addition to juggling a hectic schedule of classes, practices and games, Northern Kentucky University women’s basketball player Emmy Souder has worked diligently to gain the experience needed to actualize her dream of becoming a teacher. The junior forward is a middle school education major, focusing in both mathematics and special education, and has...

Murray State ceramics students create ‘Quarantainers’ art project; will exhibit works virtually

Ceramics students in the Murray State University Department of Art & Design have collaborated on a project called “Quarantainers” and plan to exhibit their works virtually. The students, under the direction of Murray State Art & Design professor John Utgaard, designed images that Utgaard then turned into decals and fired onto tea bowls and mugs that he made.  “I wanted to find a way...

As Memorial Day weekend fast approaches, NFPA provides safety tips for outdoor grilling at home

While there may not be as many gatherings with family and friends this Memorial Day, many observances of the holiday this year will likely continue to involve outdoor grilling. The National Fire Protection Association reminds everyone to follow basic grilling safety precautions over Memorial Day weekend and beyond, particularly as people remain at home in response to COVID-19. “Whether you live in...

Susan and Oliver Ramsey establish fund at EKU to promote names of football players on jerseys

The donors who make up the Eastern Kentucky University giving community each support a unique passion. For Susan and Oliver Ramsey, their passion is student-athletes. No matter the distance or time passed, the Ramsey’s have continued to support EKU football, rarely missing a game in more than 40 years. “Since the late 70s, we have maintained season tickets within Roy Kidd Stadium,”...

Aiming for the stars, UK graduate Kelly Lynch lands dream job at NASA as chemical engineer

By Lindsey Piercy and Steve Shaffer University of Kentucky It’s been said that exploration is part of human nature. History is filled with stories of adventurers who dared to chart the unknown. But some feel that drive stronger than others. “I’ve wanted to work at NASA since I was 5.” Growing up in Kentucky in the city of Glasgow, Kelly Lynch — not unlike most bright-eyed kids — had dreams...

Kentucky By Heart: Story of William ‘King’ Solomon a poignant one for this challenging time of pandemic

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist For many years as a fourth-grade teacher, I read the story of William “King” Solomon’s heroism in 1830s Lexington to my students. I appreciated the poignant tone of the narrative, and I loved the great lesson of a common person acting bravely and compassionately while in the midst of a devastating cholera pandemic, one that killed nearly five hundred of the...

Already an NCAA and NBA champion, former Wildcat Nazr Mohammed wins new title — UK graduate

By Guy Ramsey, Amy Jones-Timoney and Brad Nally University of Kentucky Twenty-five years ago, Nazr Mohammed left Chicago to enroll at the University of Kentucky. Mohammed chased his dreams as a basketball player and a student, and embarked on a journey that has seen him succeed at every turn. First came a pair of national championships and All-Southeastern Conference honors during three years as a...

Lynn James: A long, isolated month of ‘firsts,’ thanks to pandemic, stay-at-homing, too much thinking

When we started this new decade, I envisioned the year 2020 as an exciting one. Did you? Little did we know how memorable this year will be for all the wrong reasons for the rest of our lives. The first quarter flew by with its normal ups and downs, some good times and some bad times. Then April came and went as time seemed to stand still with more bad than good for most of us. As the month of April...

UK graduate Luke Ramey overcomes substance misuse and loss to become prevention specialist

By Lindsey Piercy University of Kentucky Have you ever pictured a moment so vividly you could feel it ­— the joy or sadness that accompanied what you were wearing and who you were with? For Luke Ramey, there’s one moment in particular. He’s dressed in a blue cap and gown while proudly walking across the Rupp Arena stage — putting one foot in front of the other until his outstretched hand reaches...

Late frosts in weekend forecast for much of state could provide challenges for Kentucky gardeners

By Carol Lea Spence UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment Unseasonably cold temperatures are putting the kibosh on the spring dreams of many Kentucky gardeners, who are itching to plant young annuals or vegetables or may already have done so. Though it is late in the season for frosts and freezes, especially in Western Kentucky, there is the potential in the short-range forecast for multiple...

Lexington to host Reforest the Bluegrass at Home event; begins this Friday, runs through end of month

For 20 years, hundreds of people came together each spring to plant tree seedlings by taking part in Reforest the Bluegrass. This year, the City of Lexington is working with community partners to provide trees people can plant at home. The need to physically distance from others this spring hasn’t allowed for a traditional event but has created the opportunity for a different, more personal one....

Kentucky by Heart: Video history series offers unique look at Kentucky’s vintage buildings and structures

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Our knowledge of Kentucky’s history often comes from what we’ve read in textbooks, articles in periodicals, or what we’ve gathered from talking to a knowledgeable source. That’s a good start, but interestingly, another good avenue is looking at old buildings and other structures—often ones quite close to where we live. That’s where Satolli Glassmeyer’s...

Jackson woman, 95, doing her part by making masks during pandemic to help Breathitt County residents

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Delma Morgan will celebrate her 96th birthday on July 5, but she considers her age just a number. She showed as much when during the COVID-19 pandemic struck the state nearly two months ago. In an effort to protect her family members, Mrs. Morgan began making masks and did so with such success that her masks reached beyond the family tree. “I’m just doing it for my...