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Kentucky high school golf legend Emma Talley becomes ambassador to promote girls golf

By Chip Hutcheson Kentucky Today A Kentucky native playing on the LPGA Tour has joined with two organizations to promote girls golf in her home state. 
Emma Talley, a native of Princeton, Ky., will become a Tradition Ambassador to the Kentucky PGA Junior Tour and the Peggy Kirk Bell Girls Golf Tour (PKBGT) in 2021. The PKBGT season-opening event will bear her name — the two-day Emma Talley Girls...

Settle into your cozy place and start the bingeing — here are the top Christmas movies for your list

If it’s Christmas holiday at home — then it must be Christmas movie binge watching time. National Today, the world’s largest holiday website, conducted a study to determine the most popular Christmas movie in each state, so we’re providing a list of the top 10 holiday movies. You can start checking them off. What’s your favorite? Check it off twice! THE TOP 10 CHRISTMAS...

Col Owens writes memoir about his life, Bending the Arc Toward Justice, and his passion for social justice

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Col Owens could write a book called “All I learned in Sunday school, I put to work for the rest of my life.” Instead, Owens wrote a book, a memoir, and he called it, Bending the Arc Toward Justice. Make no mistake about it, though, Owens has pursued a life of purpose and passion seeking social justice for those who couldn’t find it for themselves. And...

Kentucky teen continuing active lifestyle, thanks to UK Healthcare’s Barnstable Brown Diabetes Center

By Hillary Smith University of Kentucky “How could I have missed this? She was growing, eating, drinking and playing lots of softball.” Those thoughts went rushing through Crystal and Vernon Cecil’s minds in August of 2017. Their 10-year-old, Evie Cecil, came home from school with a stomach ache but no fever. After a nap, the fifth-grader grew increasingly lethargic and Crystal’s...

Kentucky by Heart: Mike Howard went from ‘black sheep’ to beloved ‘Mountain Santa,’ the legend

Because Christmas is all about traditions, we are offering this traditional Kentucky by Heart column on Mike Howard, the Mountain Santa who, sadly, has passed away. But like the Christmas spirit in all of this, his spirit lives on in his legacy of generosity to others. Merry Christmas — and happy memories.) By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Mike Howard remembers with dismay the negative reputation...

‘Christmas Top 10’ with Kentucky connections: ‘Here Comes Santa Claus,’ Rosemary Clooney and more

By John Schlipp Special to KyForward A number of Christmas tunes and holiday-themed movies are tied to personalities and places of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky region. Some examples are classics, while others are more contemporary. No matter what time period, this “top ten” list should kindle some tender memories of Cincinnati Christmases past. Of course, this is by no means a comprehensive...

Travel and Leisure magazine names Lexington among to 50 best travel destinations for 2021

Travel and Leisure named Lexington to its annual list of the 50 best places to travel in 2021. Each year, the magazine recommends 50 cities to visit. Although it was named a best place to travel in November by the publication, this is first time Lexington made its annual list. “So many local and state partners in the hospitality industry are responsible for this notable recognition,” said Mary...

LexPhil to celebrate the holidays with streamed concerts, rebroadcast of A Cathedral Christmas

The Lexington Philharmonic is providing central Kentuckians two opportunities to engage with music while staying healthy at home this holiday season. The first LexPhil at the Loudoun House concert, an hour concert featuring ensembles of LexPhil musicians, and originally presented to a limited in-person audience in October of this year is streaming for free online at www.lexphil.org. A second LexPhil...

UK CAER employee draws fans from around the world with do-it-all machine repair Youtube channel

By Dave Melanson University of Kentucky Steve Summers, a University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research (CAER) staff member is known around the center for his positive attitude and ability to fix just about any piece of research equipment. But he is infinitely better known for starting a Geo Metro that had been parked in his yard for over four years. Steve Summers is a senior technician...

University of Kentucky police seek donations for ‘Cram the Cruiser’ holiday toy drive for KCH

By Kathy Johnson University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky Police Department is seeking donations to “Cram the Cruiser” again this holiday season. This is UKPD’s fourth annual toy drive for UK HealthCare’s Kentucky Children’s Hospital (KCH). From now until Dec. 17, new, unwrapped toys can be dropped off at the UK Police Department Headquarters at the corner of Rose Street and Euclid...

‘The Queen’s Gambit’: Netflix film has deep Kentucky connections, most ‘takes place’ in Lexington

By Rachel Nix Building Kentucky New Netflix series “The Queen’s Gambit” is encouraging a new generation of chess enthusiasts – and putting eyes on Kentucky. The show’s ties to the Commonwealth are plentiful. Its leading lady, Beth Harmon, makes waves at the Kentucky State chess championship and has trouble relating to others at her Lexington school – plus its author has a storied history...

Kentucky by Heart: Roger Guffey’s Tales from the Porch offers authentic glimpse into simpler times

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist Roger Guffey is steeped in the traditions and customs of his childhood growing up in Appalachia, in Wayne County, not far from the Tennessee border. A long-time math teacher now living in Lexington, Roger also enjoys writing, especially about the people who helped form who he is today. In recent years, he has authored People Up the Holler and When I Was My Father’s...

UK Healthcare DEI Council spreads holiday cheer through Crucial Conversations series

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky The UK HealthCare Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Council hosted the latest in its series of Crucial Conversations last week. The purpose of this virtual forum was to shed light and educate others on holidays celebrated by different religious and cultural groups during the holiday season. Speakers from the Crucial Conversations holiday event. From left...

University of Kentucky Choirs, Opera Theatre holiday concert traditions to continue with 2020 twist

By Jennifer Sciantarelli University of Kentucky The Singletary Center for the Arts may be closed to the public, but its halls have been anything but empty this semester. This holiday season, the University of Kentucky College of Fine Arts (CFA) will release two online vocal music concerts that celebrate the sounds of the season. While families and audiences may not be able to come together in the customary...

NFPA: Prioritize safety at home during holiday activities; fire risk increases during Christmas

Traveling for the holidays might not be on the menu due to COVID-19, but comfort food, festive decorations, and cozy nights in are sure to lift everyone’s spirits. Unfortunately, these activities can often lead to fire, with Christmas Day and Christmas Eve as two of the top days each year for home fires caused by cooking and candles. The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) encourages everyone...

Speed Art Museum to present four major exhibitions in 2021; first in series set to open on Feb. 5

The Speed Art Museum will present four major exhibitions in 2021. This collection of exhibitions presents the work of artists from around the world, while also celebrating an internationally recognized collection built in Louisville and an essential artist and project that could only have been created in Kentucky. The first in the series of exhibitions will open on Feb. 5. Collecting – A Love Story:...

Kentucky by Heart: A look at the books Kentuckians are reading as the cold winter months approach

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist For both pleasure and resource purposes, I’m often found with a book in my hands (haven’t become an e-reader yet), and I also know for a fact that many fellow Kentuckians are. I’m figuring that with Covid and the approaching winter chasing us indoors, the scale of reading is increasing. So, as I’ve done so in this column before, I took the pulse of what...

Lexington Opera House features mini-golf course with nine Broadway-themed putting greens

The Lexington Opera House has announced that a mini-golf course consisting of nine Broadway-themed putting greens will take over the historic stage beginning Dec. 11. The course will be open Fridays through Sundays throughout the winter. Patrons can putt on nine socially distanced Broadway-themed holes, including HAMILTON, THE MUSIC MAN, CINDERELLA, KINKY BOOTS and more. It’s retro fun in a vintage...

Kentucky Humanities selects Crystal Wilkinson’s ‘The Birds of Opulence’ for 2021 Kentucky Reads

Kentucky Humanities has selected Crystal Wilkinson’s The Birds of Opulence for its 2021 Kentucky Reads. The novel will be at the center of statewide conversations on the dynamics of family and community, the strength of women, and the stigmas surrounding mental illness. Kentucky Reads will offer 25 scholar-led discussions of The Birds of Opulence to community organizations throughout the Commonwealth....

University of Kentucky issues inaugural call for art for 55-foot-tall digital media wall at The Cornerstone

By Ryan Girves University of Kentucky A new innovation space on campus, The Cornerstone, has recently opened its doors, creating endless possibilities for students, faculty, and community members alike. One of the most distinctive features of the new building is the 55-foot-tall, first of its kind in Lexington, exterior digital media wall standing tall for all to see. Wrapping the corner of South...