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NTI Days require new methods of teaching, learning, but Kentucky schools are embracing the challenge

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor One of many unknowns in the world changed by COVID-19 is how teachers, students, and parents in Kentucky would handle the implementation of Non-Traditional Instructional (NTI) Days. NTI requires students to learn from home until the restrictions put into place because of COVID-19 are lifted. Joe Cordonnier talks to his AP Psychology students via video conferencing (Photos...

Ethan’s Purpose: ‘There is no shame,’ say parents, whose nonprofit helps others after son’s suicide

By Maridith Yahl Special to KyForward “There is no shame in this. This was an opportunity to say, there is a problem out there and why are we not talking about it,” says Debbie Zegarra, co-founder of Northern Kentucky-based Ethan’s Purpose. Debbie’s son Ethan committed suicide in September 2018. Since then she has become an advocate for awareness, change, and counseling for kids. Debbie...

KET provides free learning-at-home toolkit for families, educators in response to COVID-19 outbreak

In response to the urgent need for at-home learning resources while Kentucky schools are closed due to the COVID-19 outbreak, KET has created an online toolkit for families and educators at KET.org/learnathome. The toolkit provides families free high-quality educational resources for children of all ages. Educators can also visit this site to find helpful tips for making learning from home successful...

Support, resilience could be bright lining to dark cloud hovering about small businesses in Kentucky

By Carol Lea Spence University of Kentucky Katie Startzman, owner of Native Bagel Company in Berea, is going to ride out the upheaval brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic and come out stronger on the other side. She’s sure of it, because of the strength and support she is receiving from her peers, customers and local resources. Mae Suramek feels the same way, as she puts in the long hours to save...

Kentucky by Heart: Even the inconveniences brought on by coronavirus can be embraced in a positive way

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Okay, my Kentucky brethren, our personal mobility will likely be curtailed for the foreseeable future because that pesky little virus world traveler (COVID-19) has shown up uninvited. And now that the reality is here, we’re making some serious life adjustments, probably for a longer period than we’d like. Not to preach, ‘cause I don’t like people preaching...

A bright spot: For 70 years, the arrival of Spring brings bright yellow jonquils to this scenic roadside

For the last 70 years, the arrival of spring has brought with it a bright spot for motorists along U.S. 641 near the Lyon-Caldwell county line.   For about two weeks each year, a half-mile section of U.S. 641 near the 4-mile marker in Lyon County is lined with bright yellow jonquils. The bulbs that create the colorful display were planted by Charles Brockmeyer Jr., with help from his friend and...

Lindsey Wilson College nursing program named among top 10 in Kentucky for achievements

Lindsey Wilson College’s nursing program has been named one of the top 10 nursing schools in Kentucky. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing was recognized as one of the leading programs in the state by nurse.org. LWC Division of Nursing Chair Emiley Button says the ranking recognizes the talent and hard work of LWC’s faculty and students. “The nursing program is honored to be ranked among the...

Kentucky funeral homes are open but viewings and attendance must be limited to ‘protect everybody’

By Mark Maynard Kentucky Today Kentucky funeral homes are staying open during the coronavirus pandemic, but the way business is done must change, says the president of the Funeral Directors Association of Kentucky. 
Following a federal government recommendation on Monday that people should not gather in groups of more than 10, Gov. Andy Beshear said Tuesday that viewings and funerals should include...

Owens speaks of ‘road to reconciliation’ at Campbellsville’s Black History Month service

Dr. Joseph L. Owens, the pastor of Shiloh Baptist Church of Lexington and a Campbellsville University trustee and graduate, recently spoke at the Black History Month chapel service on campus. “The road to reconciliation is a way to release resentment,” Owens said at the service recognizing and celebrating Black History Month. “Black history continues to be a part of what happens,” Owens said...

Driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed; drivers has additional three months to get renewal

In keeping with Governor Andy Beshear’s order to cancel in-person government services, driver’s licensing offices statewide are now closed. Citizens who are due to renew a motor vehicle license, including commercial driver’s licenses, will have an additional three months to obtain the renewal.   Offices of Circuit Court Clerk handle driver’s licensing in all 120 counties for the Kentucky...

Kentucky by Heart: Nobody is ‘crazier about the ‘Cats’ than long-time sports writer Jamie Vaught

By Steve Flairty NKyTribune columnist If you are a Kentuckian or have been around these parts for a long time, to be “crazy about the Cats” is an expression that likely resonates. Most often, it refers to the abiding love that fans have for the Kentucky Wildcats college basketball team. It might also refer to UK’s football or other of their sports teams as well, but most often, it’s a hoops...

UK entomologists report eastern tent caterpillar egg hatch now underway for Central Kentucky

By Holly Wiemers University of Kentucky Eastern tent caterpillars have begun to hatch, with the first instances being seen in Central Kentucky on March 12, according to entomologists in the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, Food and Environment. According to Jonathan Larson, entomology extension specialist, after spending about nine months as eggs in masses on twigs of wild cherry and...

Tim Hanner finds his perfect match (for a kidney); she is former student Alyssa Vanderpool

By Judy Clabes KyForward publisher Retired educator Tim Hanner just got two big doses of good news – first, he found the perfect match for his new life-saving kidney, and second, he got the very best affirmation for how he has lived a life worth saving. Alyssa Vanderpool was a student of Hanner’s when he taught middle school at Woodland Middle School in Northern Kentucky. “I adored him,”...

Kentucky by Heart: Highlighting some of Kentucky’s female heroes during Women’s History Month

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist It’s Women’s History Month in the United States, and I’m excited to highlight some of the special Kentucky women I’ve written about in the Kentucky’s Everyday Heroes book series since it was launched in 2008. For sure, these individuals have touched the state of Kentucky; they’ve also had influences outside the state. Their contributions to foster...

University of Kentucky students gain real-life experience during 24-hour crisis simulation

By Meg Mills University of Kentucky University of Kentucky College of Communication and Information students earned real-life experience during a 24-hour crisis simulation. Students from the School of Journalism and Media became the Global News Network (GNN), acting and reacting as media would in a time of crisis. Much like real life, global news is fast paced and sometimes high stress, but the role...

AAA: Daylight saving time and loss of hour’s sleep is a ‘heads up’ (literally) for drowsy commuters

With the arrival of daylight saving time and the loss of an hour of sleep this weekend, AAA is reminding drivers to not only to ‘spring forward’ and adjust their clocks Sunday, but also their sleeping habits to avoid drowsy driving. “Most people will see a dramatic difference during their morning commute starting on Monday, as roadways remain darker later into the morning, causing concern...

Problem Gambling Awareness Month joins Kentucky Lottery, state council in outreach effort

Given that 78 percent of adult Kentuckians gamble, and with further gambling expansion in Kentucky being considered, it is increasingly important to raise public awareness that gambling can be an addictive or problematic behavior. And if gambling is out of control, individuals need to know that help is available by calling or texting Kentucky’s problem gambling helpline, 1-800-GAMBLER (1-800-426-2537). Gov....

The state seal of Kentucky, used for last six decades, was designed by renaissance woman Nan Gorman

By Ron Daley Special to KyForward Kentucky’s “Founding Fathers” could not have imagined that the state seal they mandated in their 1792 legislation would later be designed and drawn by a woman from Hazard. Nan Gorman, a true renaissance woman and former mayor of Hazard, drew the seal in the 1950s and is still being used today. Kentucky’s State Seal which remains in use today The seal has...

New book by Central Kentucky native Audra Meighan celebrates Lexington’s fun and quirky attractions

Reedy Press has announced the release of “100 Things to Do in Lexington Before You Die,” written by Central Kentucky native and Lexington resident Audra Meighan. This bucket list is comprehensive, fun, and quirky, and celebrates the top ways to connect with the city and nearby surroundings. Learn the legend of the black bear that lives in the North Limestone District, or take a mural tour to experience...

Kentucky by Heart: More stories of the Great Flood of 1937 from Shawnee High School students

Author’s Note: This is the second installment of a two-part series looking at a book published in 1937, called Flood Stories. It’s a collection of personal accounts—each written by a girl student of the “Grammar and Composition” class at Shawnee High School, in Louisville—that occurred around Louisville and The Great Flood of 1937. I have paraphrased the following narratives except...