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McConnell congratulates ‘Angels in Adoption,’ Chris and Angie Thomas of Louisville and son, Rowan

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell welcomed Chris and Angie Thomas, of Louisville to the U.S. Capitol to congratulate them on being recognized as 2019 Angels in Adoption. Senator McConnell recommended the Thomas family for the honor. The Thomas family — children, Henry, Ned, Rowan and Burke. (Photo provided) Chris and Angie were matched with their son, Rowan, from Ethiopia in 2016. Unfortunately,...

Kentucky Folklife Magazine seeks proposals; digital publication explores diversity of expressive cultures

The Kentucky Folklife Program has announced its first call for proposals for the Kentucky Folklife Magazine, a multimedia digital publication that explores the diversity of expressive cultures within Kentucky. From the regional Mexican foods served in Lexington’s taquerías, the vibrant drag show culture in Bowling Green, and Monroe County’s marble makers, to step-dancing traditions within Kentucky’s...

Music students perform at 15th annual Christmas Tapestry on Dec. 3 at Campbellsville

By Madison Briscoe Campus Times The 15th annual Christmas Tapestry presented by the Campbellsville University School of Music will be held on Dec. 3 at 7 p.m. in the Ransdell Chapel. The public is invited to attend in support of all the school of music ensembles, said Dr. William Budai, associate professor of piano and associate dean of the School of Music. “We put this concert together each year...

Ron Daley: Possums (or opossums) get bad rap, but help us stay healthy and are cute in their own way

The much-maligned and misunderstood “opossums” are making a comeback. In fact, since they are the only mammal that has survived since the time of the dinosaurs they did not need to come back except in the eyes of humans for greater appreciation. The West Virginia public radio aired and published in September a story about the creative possum large mural Letcher artist Lacy Hale constructed on the...

Garden Springs Elementary students flourish through Prime Time Family Reading Time program

Prime Time Family Reading Time has brought multiple generations together at Garden Springs Elementary to share lively stories and life experiences. “If our mission is to get children and parents reading and discussing books together, then this program fits the bill,” said school librarian Kay Snyder, who coordinated the six-week series. “We’re advocating literacy through the family because...

Kentucky By Heart: Annual Kentucky Book Fair a grand celebration of state’s literary landscape

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I look forward with joy to participating, as an author, in the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair this Saturday, November 16 at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park, in Lexington. The hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. It is the culminating event of a week of activities, starting on November 10, called the Kentucky Book Festival. This is the seventh time —...

Kentucky Humanities 38th annual Kentucky Book Fair at Alltech Arena anchors week-long literary festival

Kentucky Humanities will present the 38th Annual Kentucky Book Fair on Saturday, November 16, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the Alltech Arena at the Kentucky Horse Park. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival taking place Nov. 10-16. “The Kentucky Book Fair is among the longest-running events of its kind in the country,” said Kentucky Humanities Executive Director...

Truck-a-Palooza offers up-close look at Lexington city trucks on Nov. 16; more than 20 trucks featured

The City of Lexington is hosting a free touch-a-tuck event on Nov. 16 from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. at 1631 Old Frankfort Pike. Truck-a-Palooza will feature more than 20 trucks from the Department of Environmental Quality and Public Works plus crafts, games and giveaways. “Truck-a-Palooza offers the public a rare opportunity to examine the vehicles our seven divisions use daily,” said Environmental...

‘WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour’ to tape 1000th episode on November 19 featuring Riders In The Sky

WoodSongs creator and host Michael Johnathon (middle) with Kentucky’s acclaimed McClain Family Band. (Photo from Woodsongs) It’s an old-fashioned radio show, taped for television, in front of a theatre audience. Each week, hundreds of music lovers gather at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington to experience the magic of “WoodSongs Old-Time Radio Hour.” For 17 years, this home-grown...

Louisville’s Speed Art Museum to open Tales of the Turf exhibit celebrating Kentucky’s horses Nov. 15

The Speed Art Museum will open the first exhibition to examine Kentucky’s relationship to the horse through art Nov. 15. Tales from the Turf: The Kentucky Horse, 1825 – 1950 will feature paintings, sculpture, photographs, drawings, prints, and manuscripts to tell the story of the horse in the Bluegrass State. The exhibition will reflect all the ways that images of the horse have represented the...

LexPhil finalist Kelly Corcoran to present audition concert Wind Power Nov. 22 at Singletary Center

Lexington Philharmonic continues the 2019-2020 season Friday, November 22 with Wind Power, the audition concert for music director and conductor finalist Kelly Corcoran. Corcoran is the third finalist of six candidates to take the stage at Singletary Center for the Arts during the Lexington Philharmonic’s search for a new music director and conductor. Corcoran will spend a week in Lexington, working...

Kentucky by Heart: Humility of Northern Kentucky’s 2019 Newsmakers evidence of state’s giving spirit

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist “It’s amazing what you can accomplish when you do not care who gets the credit.” — Harry S. Truman On many occasions, being a columnist and author affords me the opportunity to meet or be around inspiring people doing good things in their communities. I’ve written about a whole slew of them, and it’s my hope that those accounts will invigorate others...

Kentuckians should prepare to ‘fall back’ by checking home carbon monoxide detectors

Now that Kentuckians have turned back the clocks, and with temperatures falling, officials are reminding residents to take action to prevent carbon monoxide poisoning. “To prepare for colder weather, Kentuckians should make sure their heat sources and carbon monoxide detectors are in good working order,” said Dr. Angela Dearinger, Commissioner for Kentucky’s Department for Public Health.   On...

Vino Rosso surges to victory in the Breeders’ Cup Classic, Mongolian Groom suffers catastrophic injury

KyForward staff Arcadia, CA – Vino Rosso charged to victory in the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita in dominating fashion. Vino Rosso gave trainer Todd Pletcher his first win in the classic with the 4 1/4 length victory over favored McKinzie. “It’s one thing that was missing,” Pletcher said. “It feels great.’’ Jockey Irad Ortiz, Jr. celebrates in the...

Storm the Court pulls off shocker in Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday at Santa Anita

NKyTribune staff Arcadia, Calif. – The final race of Future Stars Friday ended in fireworks when the 45/1 longshot Storm the Court re-rallied late to defeat Anneau d’Or and typhoon Friday’s $2 million Breeders’ Cup Juvenile (G1) at Santa Anita Park. Storm the Court (inside) and Anneau d’Or (#7) locked up in furious stretch duel in the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile on Future Stars Friday...

If you plan to party this Halloween, KOHS reminds motorists that ‘Buzzed Driving is Drunk Driving’

This Halloween, the Kentucky Office of Highway Safety (KOHS) is partnering with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) to remind partiers that “Buzzed Driving Is Drunk Driving”. “This year, Halloween falls on a Thursday, so we’re certain to see extra parties throughout the weekend,” said KOHS Acting Executive Director Jason Siwula. “Even one drink can impair judgment,...

Ron Daley: From Casablanca to Georgetown, artist Abdel Abe shares his art and Berber hospitality

Georgetown Moroccan artist Abdel Abe in front of one of his paintings. (Photo provided) Georgetown resident Abdel Abe began painting when he was six years old in his native land of Casablanca, Morocco. Abdel paints Moroccan scenes including majestic Arabian horses and now Kentucky Thoroughbred horses. His home in his native Morocco is located near the Hassan II Mosque, the second largest religious...

Kentucky by Heart: Kentucky Senator Richard Mentor Johnson led an interesting and controversial life

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I have been reading The US Senate and the Commonwealth (University Press of Kentucky, 2019), by Kentucky Senator Mitch McConnell and Roy Brownell II. It focuses on an overall study of senate leadership, along with a fascinating look at what the book calls “the colorful and vivid lives of fifteen Kentucky lawmakers, including Henry Clay, Alben Barkley, and John...

Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame program to be held Nov. 14 at Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts

The Kentucky Civil Rights Hall of Fame program will be held from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Nov. 14 at the University of Kentucky’s Otis A. Singletary Center for the Arts, located at 405 Rose Street. The program is free, but seating is limited. Please RSVP by Nov. 11 to Mary Ann Taylor at the Kentucky Commission on Human Rights at MaryAnn.Taylor@ky.gov or (502) 566-9961. The Kentucky Commission on Human...

Kentucky author Wendell Berry receives inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award

Kentucky author Wendell Berry received the inaugural Kentucky Humanities Carl West Literary Award, presented in a ceremony last week at the Paul Sawyier Public Library in Frankfort. Presented by Kentucky Humanities, the literary award recognizes an individual who has made a significant impact on the literary culture of the Commonwealth. The award is named in honor of Kentucky journalist Carl West,...