A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

Carpenter Foundation grant allows WKU’s Kentucky Museum to provide free admission for three years

The Kentucky Museum has received a grant from the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation that will allow the Museum to offer free admission to the public for three years. Previously, admission to the Museum was based on a per-person charge, with free admission for Western Kentucky University students, faculty and staff. The Free Admission pilot program will build upon the success of “Free Wednesdays...

Planning underway for Thoroughbred Charities of America for 29th annual Stallion Season Auction

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced that planning and preparations for the 29th annual Stallion Season Auction and Celebration are underway. The auction, held Wednesday, January 2 – Sunday, January 6, 2019, is the largest annual fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. “Our annual auction is our most important event on the calendar as it raises the majority of the funds that we distribute...

University of Kentucky Senior Michael Graehler making an impact in Nepal with new nonprofit

By Sydney Sparks UK Philanthropy As a founding member of the University of Kentucky Student Philanthropy Board, senior Michael Graehler has helped set the tone for philanthropy around campus and hopes to make an impact on how students view philanthropy. “Through the board, I want to let students know you don’t have to have a million dollars to be a part of philanthropy,” Graehler...

Twelve students with Down Syndrome complete college courses through BCTC, DSACK partnership

In the first-ever partnership between the Down Syndrome Association of Central Kentucky and Bluegrass Community and Technical College, 12 adults with Down syndrome got to live out their dream of going to college. The eight-week public speaking course they participated in culminated Nov. 26 with student speech presentations and a certificate ceremony. Participating in the course were, from left: Callie...

Kentucky Foundation for Women announces one-time grants for individual artists and organizations

In an effort to explore essential questions about our democracy, the Kentucky Foundation for Women announces one-time grants ranging from $1,000 to $7,500 for individual artists and organizations in Kentucky who are creating art that inspires action towards building power for women and girls, sharing power among and within your communities and wielding power towards fulfilling the promise of an...

Kentucky Science Center celebrates 100,000 visitors at traveling ‘Science in Play 2 Go’ exhibit

In less than two years since launching the next-generation learning experience, Kentucky Science Center has welcomed more than 100,000 visitors to its traveling exhibit in libraries throughout the Commonwealth. Science in Play2Go (SIP2Go) brings progressive early childhood learning opportunities to communities that Kentucky Science Center cannot as easily reach including Boone, Boyle, Laurel, Logan,...

Ark Encounter adds football-sized Glice rink for skating through the Christmas season

Answers in Genesis (AiG), operators of two of the nation’s leading faith-based attractions, has opened its annual Christmastime program at the Ark Encounter. Hobby Lobby and Pure Flix are sponsoring America’s largest Glice® rink at the life-size Ark. Almost the length of a football field, this synthetic ice-skating rink, made in Switzerland, is now open in front of the massive 510-foot-long...

Cabinet for Health and Family Services asking for coats, hoodies for kids in foster care

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today While doing Christmas shopping this year, the Cabinet for Health and Family Services is asking Kentuckians to consider buying an extra coat or hoodie for kids in foster care. A coat and hoodie donation drive, being coordinated between staff at the Cabinet’s Department for Income Support, or DIS, and the Kentucky County Attorneys Association, is now collecting new coats...

Kentucky State Police accepting donations for ninth annual ‘Cram The Cruiser’ holiday food drive

The Kentucky State Police will begin accepting donations for their ninth annual “Cram The Cruiser” holiday food drive on Nov. 21. Designed to provide non-perishable food items for families in need throughout the Commonwealth, the campaign will continue through Dec.10. “Hunger is an urban, suburban and rural problem,” said KSP spokesperson Sgt. Josh Lawson. “There is no area of the state where...

God’s Pantry Food Bank expands ‘Sharing Thanksgiving’ distribution beyond Fayette County

With support provided by Kentucky Bank, God’s Pantry Food Bank is expanding the community-wide Thanksgiving distribution, Sharing Thanksgiving, beyond Fayette County. In this 25th year the program will help residents who have been referred by community agencies in Fayette, Laurel, Rowan and Floyd counties. This year more than 4,000 Fayette County families requested assistance and were selected to...

Habitat for Humanity dedicated two new homes Sunday for homebuyers, Ayala and Screetch families

Lexington Habitat for Humanity celebrated the new home dedication for two new homebuyers Sunday. The first dedication at 2 p.m. was for homebuyer Rafael Ayala and his three children, toddler Alexa, Vanessa (10) and Rafael (17) at 1936 Millbank Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road. Rafael has lived in Florida, New York and Mexico, but readily admits Lexington is his...

George and CJ Nichols named 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year

George and CJ Nichols have been named the 2018 Western Kentucky University Philanthropists of the Year. “We are honored and humbled to be recognized as the Philanthropists of the Year,” said George Nichols. “We know that so many others have done so much more than we have even thought about. For WKU to consider our efforts worthy of such an honor makes us proud. We accept it on behalf of all the...

Blue Grass Community Foundation awards $100,000 to 15 nonprofits focusing on literacy, early childhood

Blue Grass Community Foundation awarded $100,000 to 15 nonprofit organizations and schools serving Central Kentucky for projects focusing on literacy and early childhood education. These grants were made possible by the MacAdam Early Childhood and Literacy Fund at the Community Foundation. Applications for educational projects will again be accepted in July 2019.   Last year, Blue Grass Community...

Kentucky Book Fair: History and politics book selections offer rich choices at Saturday’s event,

History and politics are always popular genres at the Kentucky Book Fair, and this year’s selection of books will give Kentucky history buffs plenty to read about. Prolific biographer, renowned historian, and New York Times bestselling author H.W. Brands begins the day on the University of Kentucky Main Stage in conversation with Dr. Michael Benson about his newest book, Heirs of the Founders: The...

Coming this Saturday — a chance to take one of Lexington’s Book Benches home from the auction

The Book Benches that graced the streets of Lexington will be auctioned off at the Book Benches Live Auction and Gala Celebration on Saturday at gala at 6:30 p.m. at The Livery. You can attend — and purchase one of the benches to take home with you. The Book Benches are fabulous works of art and a celebration of Kentucky authors. They are a collaborative project of Arts Connect, LexArts and...

Popular North Pole Resident flying in on non-traditional turbine helicopter for pre-Christmas visit at Aviation Museum

Santa Claus is moving up from reindeer and sleigh to a turbine helicopter. On Saturday, December 1, he will be touching down at 1 p.m., adjacent to the Aviation Museum of Kentucky at Blue Grass Airport for a pre-Christmas visit to Lexington. Thanks to the Lexington Police Air Support Unit, the US Marine Corps Reserve and the Aviation Museum, Santa Claus will be landing on the ramp just outside the...

Dr. Hugh and Debby Wilhite establish scholarship at WKU to benefit students in healthcare disciplines

Dr. Hugh H. and Debby G. Wilhite of Calhoun, Ky., have made a gift of $225,000 to establish a scholarship at Western Kentucky University to benefit students in healthcare-related disciplines.   Dr. Wilhite came to WKU in the fall of 1958. Because he took 18 hours of classes each semester in the pre-med program and played on the Men’s Basketball team for Coach E. A. Diddle, he said he could most...

Girls rule young adult literature at 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 in Lexington

Fierce females will be the focus of a young adult literature panel at the 37th annual Kentucky Book Fair on Nov. 17 in Lexington at the Kentucky Horse Park Alltech Arena. The Kentucky Book Fair is the anchor event of the Kentucky Book Festival, taking place Nov. 12-17. Authors Mindee Arnett, Geanna Culbertson, Kristina McBride, and Lynn Slaughter will be on stage together, discussing the importance...

Humana Foundation invests $560,000 in Louisville’s Family Scholar House for HEROES program

Louisville’s Family Scholar House has received a $560,000 grant from the Humana Foundation, to launch the HEROES program. HEROES is an acronym for Health-Education-Resilience-Opportunities-Economic Success. The investment will allow the Family Scholar House to expand existing programming and will provide the opportunity to reach more Individuals, families and senior citizens in our community...

Thoroughbred Charities of America announces winner of its Sixth Annual TCA Youth Essay Contest

Thoroughbred Charities of America has announced Kaelyn Penick, 18, of Appomattox, Va. as the winner of the Sixth Annual TCA Youth Essay Contest. The contest was open to recipients of services, volunteers, supporters or anyone, 18 years of age or younger, that has been impacted by an organization that received a grant from TCA in 2018. To participate, contestants submitted an essay containing a minimum...