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University of Kentucky nursing student, father release new book about woman war leaders

By Katie Grace Special to KyForward Emily Jordan, a junior honors student at the University of Kentucky College of Nursing, and her father, Jonathan W. Jordan, celebrate the forgotten heroes of the past in a new book about woman war leaders. Their new book, The War Queens, tells the story of the wartime tactics of some of the most powerful female leaders in history. The father-daughter duo reveal in...

It’s a Happy Father’s Day when a son’s homework saves dad’s life; Hunter and Greg Brown celebrate

By Berry Craig Special to KyForward Father’s Day is extra-special for one Lexington family this year. Greg Brown is alive to celebrate, because his son’s schoolwork saved his life. Reason to celebrate: Hunter and Greg Brown (Photos provided) MedQuest College student Hunter Brown was just trying to get some extra practice when he scanned his father’s heart last summer – but he found a life-threatening...

Catrena Bowman-Thomas: It’s Juneteenth; celebrate end of slavery and pursue meaningful ‘what’s next’

Today is Juneteenth! A holiday recognized by the state of Kentucky and many other states, Juneteenth is the oldest nationally celebrated commemoration of the ending of slavery in the United States. Dating back to 1865, it was on June 19th that the Union soldiers, led by Major General Gordon Granger, landed at Galveston, Texas with news that the war had ended and that the enslaved were now free. Note...

Speed Art Museum to reopen to public on July 5; free admission to all frontline healthcare workers

The Speed Art Museum has announced that it will reopen to visitors following a nearly four-month closure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. On July 5, the Speed will open to the general public starting at 10 a.m. This reopening is consistent with Gov. Andy Beshear’s guidelines for museums, and is compliant with the state’s Healthy at Work requirements as well as guidelines put forth by the CDC, designed...

Kentucky by Heart: Stories behind names of high schools reveal unique look at Kentucky’s past

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist While recently looking over information about public high schools in Kentucky, it occurred to me that a lot of them are not named after their locations. Most are, however, with one example being in Pike County, where there is “Pike County Central High School” and “Phelps High School” (among others in the county). Both indicate locations with their names. But...

Kentucky State Trooper Bartley Weaver IV participates in NBC’s ‘The Titan Games’

By Summer Crick Special to KyForward It’s safe to say that Bartley Weaver IV, a state trooper with the Kentucky State Police and graduate of Kentucky Wesleyan College, is a man of many talents. Weaver, who came to Kentucky Wesleyan to major in criminal justice and play football, began working out with his dad at the age of 12. Eighteen years later, he’s never taken a full week off from training...

Speed Art Museum receives NEA Our Town grant for outreach initiatives in Russell neighborhood

The Speed Art Museum has announced its selection as one of only 51 recipients nationwide to receive funding from the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grants program. The Our Town grant emphasizes integrating arts and culture to strengthen communities. The award, in the amount of $50,000, will allow the Speed to fully realize its outreach goals in Louisville’s Russell neighborhood during...

Jamie’s Bookshelf: A rundown of recently-published sports books for your summer reading list

•  “Yogi: A Life Behind the Mask” by Jon Pessah (Little, Brown and Company, $30) is a definitive biography of Yogi Berra, the New York Yankees icon who won a record 10 World Series championships. Berra, who died in 2015 at the age of 90, was a second-generation immigrant from a working-class, Italian-speaking family in St. Louis who left school after the eighth grade. The Hall of Fame catcher...

Former Campbellsville University vice president Marc Whitt publishes new book on public relations

By Joan C. McKinney Campbellsville University Marc Whitt, former vice president for communications at Campbellsville University who was named an honorary alumnus of Campbellsville University in 2003, has published his first book titled “PR Lessons Learned Along the Way — Strategies, Tips & Advice for the Higher Ed and Nonprofit Public Relations Professional.” Whitt’s book achieved...

Belle of Louisville to host ‘down on the dock’ family-friendly museum event beginning June 17

Belle of Louisville Riverboats is leaving quarantine with a whole new look. The Belle of Louisville and Mary M. Miller will officially reopen June 17 and begin cruising again on June 20. The boats will reopen after completing their annual United States Coast Guard Inspections on June 11 and 12. Upon reopening, the boats will operate with limited capacity and other new protocols in place to comply with...

Kentucky by Heart: Celebrating Kentucky’s own James Bond, and all of the state’s ‘overcomers’

By Steve Flairty KyForward columnist Reading and writing about overcomers from Kentucky is a passion of mine. Overcomers are often fueled by faith and an amazing persistence, along with the capacity to lay feelings of bitterness and self-pity aside. They don’t come “a dime a dozen,” and celebrating their stories, I believe, can inspire others with their struggles. A good place to find such noble...

University of Louisville nursing scholarship created to honor Breonna Taylor; four-year renewable award

By John Karman III University of Louisville To honor the memory of the EMT from Louisville, the University of Louisville Health Board of Directors is creating a nursing scholarship in the name of Breonna Taylor. The Breonna Taylor Memorial Scholarship Fund in Nursing will be a four-year renewable award. In choosing the recipient, preference would be granted to a Black female who is a Kentucky resident....

Off the sidelines, Mark Stoops, UK players march against racial injustice as part of the solution

By Keith Taylor Kentucky Today Mark Stoops couldn’t sit on the sidelines any longer. The Kentucky coach and members of his team, along with Courtney Love, a former player and director of player development at Kentucky, marched in a protest against racial injustice and police violence Friday in downtown Lexington. “Generally speaking for seven years, I have played things pretty tight to the vest...

Bridgeview Box Park at NKy’s Newport on Levee the perfect place for fun, relaxation and social distancing

By Tory McKinley Special to KyForward Newport on the Levee launched an exciting new venture that will be sure to draw a lot of visitors during the summer months. The Bridgeview Box Park is located just steps from the Newport Aquarium offering unique places to dine and shop while still adhering to Governor Andy Beshear’s social distancing guidelines. As part of his Better Together program, this unique...

Long wait over for retired educator Tim Hanner, donor Alyssa Vanderpool; kidney transplant a success

By Judy Clabes Special to KyForward The wait was long and tedious for retired educator Tim Hanner and his kidney donor, teacher Alyssa Vanderpool — but the story came to a happy end this week. On Monday, Alyssa and Tim checked into Christ Hospital in Cincinnati Hanner has his life-saving kidney. He’s still at Christ Hospital, out of ICU and in a regular room, and the kidney is working and...

Summer is time for kids to relax and have fun, but steps should be taken to avoid the ‘summer slide’

By Amanda Ellis Special to KyForward While summer is a time for kids to have fun, sleep in and play outside, it’s often a time educators worry about due to the “summer slide.” Children can lose up to three months of reading and math skills during the summer months when they don’t have opportunities to practice what they learned during the school year. Also, when we consider the reopening of...

Kentucky by Heart: Precious time in the family garden is heaven, a release not to be mistaken for a chore

By Steve Flairty KyForward Columnist I like gardening a lot, and I don’t want to mess it up by becoming too good at it. Rather, I just want it to be fun and available… and only whenever I take a notion to indulge. I typically spend a good portion of the day doing writing activities in my study, so a few hours or more spent working outside in the family’s green and brown, one-acre lot is often...

Northern Kentucky, Greater Cincinnati playwrights offer insight into why they write plays

By William H. McCann, Jr. Special to KyForward For most theatre professionals, their world is on hiatus. For the indefinite future theatres are shuttered on Broadway in New York City as well as in large cities and small towns all across America where high school musicals and community theatre productions are the weekend norm. Indeed, actors, directors, designers and crew are largely shut out; only...

With interest in backyard chickens on the rise, experts warn of dangers of bacterial infections

By Aimee Nielson University of Kentucky When school is out and the weather turns warmer, people become more interested in raising backyard chickens. Since human interactions with poultry can raise the risk of bacterial infections, University of Kentucky poultry specialists are urging new and experienced backyard flock enthusiasts to remember safe handling principles. “We’re seeing an even higher...

Registration open for Lexington Theatre Company’s free #CreativeAtHome online education initiative

The Lexington Theatre Company opened registration this week for its new online education initiative – #CreativeAtHome Classes. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, The Lex postponed their 2020 Summer Season productions starring Broadway veterans, local artists and college students from around the country. Instead, the company will continue its mission of nurturing and training artists with a robust array...