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Analysis: Investing in education for Kentucky’s single mother students will strengthen state’s economy

Kentucky’s economy is changing. This year, an estimated 60 percent of jobs will require post-secondary education. Accordingly, Kentucky has set an ambitious goal to graduate 60 percent of Kentuckians with a college credential by 2030. To meet this goal, Kentucky must recruit and graduate “non-traditional” students, who are often part-time students, working adults and/or parents and encompass...

Georgetown’s Nevills gets Eclipse Award for heartfelt story on the closing of Mount Pleasant Meadows

By Mark Hansel KyForward managing editor Hallandale Beach, FL. – Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, was presented the Eclipse Award for Feature/Commentary Writing Thursday for his entry “Biting The Dust: A Long Goodbye to Mount Pleasant Meadows,” written for the Paulick Report on July 22. Joe Nevills of Georgetown, KY, bloodstock editor for the Paulick Report, took home the 2019 Eclipse Award...

Public encouraged to let inner visual artist spring forth at University of Kentucky Fine Arts Institute

UK’s Fine Arts Institute offers classic painting courses to mixed media. (Photo from UK Now) By Jillian Gibney University of Kentucky The University of Kentucky’s Fine Arts Institute returns this spring with visual arts classes open to the public. From fan favorites like Weaving and Black & White Darkroom Printing to new classes in graphic design and sketching, there is something sure...

Kentucky by Heart: There’s probably a song about that, but please don’t expect me to sing along

Editor’s Note: This column originally appeared at KyForward.com on January 29, 2019. By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist I generally enjoy the subject of music, but I’m a slow learner when it comes to understanding it. And, it should not be surprising that I’m not good at performing it, either. It’s almost like I have a mental block, much like many claim to have in learning math. Maybe...

Historical marker unveiled at Spalding’s Columbia Gym — where Muhammad Ali learned to box

A new historical marker was unveiled last week at Spalding University’s Columbia Gym that commemorates the building at 824 S. Fourth St. as the location where a young Muhammad Ali learned to box. The marker dedication took place one day before what would have been Ali’s 78th birthday on Jan. 17. On Ali’s birthday two years ago, Spalding officially changed the name of its athletic building back...

Kentucky Artisan Center invites artists to submit entries for ‘Women of Influence’ exhibit

Kentucky artists are invited to submit works for consideration in the exhibit “Women of Influence: Celebrating the Year of the Woman” to be held at the Kentucky Artisan Center June 14 through Oct. 31. Declared the “Year of the Woman,” 2020 marks the 100th anniversary of the passage of the United States’ 19th Amendment, which guarantees and protects women’s constitutional right to vote. This...

Keeneland Library Series, featuring new works about Thoroughbred racing, returns on Jan. 21

The popular Keeneland Library Series, which features new works about Thoroughbred racing, will kick off 2020 with two programs that go beyond highlighting traditional nonfiction material when Robin Traywick Williams discusses her award-winning novel, “The Key to the Quarter Pole,” on Jan. 21, and the documentary film “Born to Rein” is shown Feb. 4. “Our Lecture Series continues to showcase...

Transylvania signs 7-year-old Lexington native as newest basketball recruit through Team Impact

On the same floor where Transylvania University practices and plays, the Pioneers men’s basketball team on Monday signed its newest recruit: a 7-year-old from Lexington with big dreams. Bentley Barber was matched with the Pioneers by Team Impact, a national organization that connects children battling serious or chronic illnesses with college athletic teams. Bentley Barber (center) signed with...

The Louisville Zoo is welcoming in 2020 with three animal birthdays Saturday

Asian Elephant punch is one of three animals celebrating birthdays at the Louisville zoo Saturday. (Photo from Louisville Zoo) The Louisville Zoo kicks off 2020 with three very special animal birthdays. On Saturday, Jan. 18, the Zoo will celebrate gorilla Helen’s 62nd birthday in Gorilla Forest at 10:30 a.m. followed by Asian elephant Punch’s 50th at 11 a.m. at the Elephant exhibit and finally,...

Kentucky by Heart: Mercer County native Matthew Jouett was prolific artist renowned for portraiture

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist In the realm of visual arts, Kentucky has a celebrated history of noted painters. Names like John James Audubon, Ray Harm, Paul Sawyier, and Frank Duveneck are ones that may quickly come to mind. But there is one individual, Matthew Jouett, who may surpass all mentioned if you agree with the opinion of folks at the Jack Jouett House Historic Site, in Woodford County. Matthew...

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. commemoration and Leadership Awards ceremony set for Wednesday

A celebration commemorating the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, January 15 at the Thomas D. Clark Center for Kentucky History in Frankfort, including the annual presentation of adult and youth leadership awards. The event is presented by the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. State Commission in partnership with the Kentucky Heritage Council/State Historic...

The Immigrant: The Life of Matthias Toebben in his own words — and what a life it has been

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward Matth Toebben tells his story as only he can and as you turn the pages of his book, The Immigrant, the words come to you in his distinctive voice – heavy still with the German inflection from his boyhood, peppered with his innate good humor and the pain and poignancy of a life fully lived. If you are lucky enough to have heard any of the stories firsthand, before...

Kentucky Artisan Center opens ‘Reveal’ exhibit, showcasing large format paintings by Bob Leo Jones

The Kentucky Artisan Center has announced the fifth “Reveal” exhibit, showcasing large-format paintings by Bob Leo Jones of Louisville. This exhibit will run Jan. 19 through April 30 in the Center’s lobby. Jones is an abstract artist working in acrylics on large-scale canvas and Masonite. He started creating large-scale paintings in 2015, and his works are free-flowing rather than linear. When...

Frazier History Museum offering daily screenings of multimedia production KentuckyShow!

A multimedia production about the state of Kentucky is now being screened daily at the Frazier History Museum. KentuckyShow! is a 32-minute program narrated by Emmy-nominated actress and Kentucky native Ashley Judd that explores the history, landscapes, culture, and commerce of Kentucky. “Frankly, the show is hard to describe,” Executive Producer Sharon Potter said. “It is at once a documentary,...

NFPA encourages prompt removal of Christmas trees; nearly a third of tree fires occur in January

If you’re having trouble parting with your Christmas tree, here’s a fact to motivate you: Nearly one-third (29 percent) of U.S. home fires that begin with Christmas trees occur in January. With this potential fire hazard in mind, the National Fire Protection Association strongly encourages everyone to remove Christmas trees from their homes promptly after the holiday season. “Christmas trees...

Kentucky by Heart: Warmth, comfort and inclusion is ‘percolating’ at Lexington’s McLeod’s Coffee House

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist On a warm December morning at McLeod’s Coffee House, where “no one is excluded,” Brewster McLeod is sure of one thing. Those he terms “VIPs,” his employees, are perkin’ pretty well after six weeks in on his and their dream project. In fact, you might say Brewster is still dancin’ with the ones who brought him to this point of glee, which he likes to...

KY History: Newport’s John T. Thompson was renown firearms inventor; have you heard of ‘Tommy gun’?

By Jacob Koch Special to KyForward The Thompson Submachine Gun, also known colloquially as the “Tommy Gun,” is perhaps one of the most recognizable weapons in pop culture. From its use by the mob in the 1920s to the battlefields of Europe in World War II, this firearm has made an enormous impact in history. The man behind the gun, however, is perhaps equally interesting. He not only made significant...

Eagle Watch Weekends offered at three Kentucky State Parks in January and February

Kentucky State Parks are offering Eagle Watch Weekends at three state parks during January and February 2020. Guests can see bald eagles and other wildlife in their natural habitat along the shores of Kentucky Lake. Kentucky State Parks have been offering eagle tours for more than 40 years. The tours are led by state park naturalists and staff from the Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources. The...

Community Action KY low-income home energy assistance program open enrollment starts Jan. 6

Community Action Kentucky has announced open enrollment for the Crisis Component of its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will begin next week. Applications will be accepted January 6 through March 31, 2020, or until designated funds are depleted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Qualified residents should apply at any one of the 23 Community Action Agencies located across the state.  “LIHEAP...

UK graduate finds dream career through loss, becomes a nurse through second-degree program

By Grace Colville University of Kentucky Graduate from college, find a job, become a husband, a grieving father, and then a college student again is not the average path one takes in their post-grad life. UK grad Roger Dittert says there’s no direct path to finding your passion. In 2015, Roger and his wife Rebecca were a typical young couple. They’d been married for about two years and were pregnant...