A publication of the Kentucky Center for Public Service Journalism

‘Plant for the Planet’ grant applications open for LG&E/KU program, matching grants for tree plantings

Applications are being accepted for “Plant for the Planet” grants from Louisville Gas and Electric Company and Kentucky Utilities Company. The grants fund qualified tree plantings by nonprofit or government entities. The Plant for the Planet grant program awards matching grants in amounts of $500 to $5,000 to organizations with a history of successful tree plantings in the LG&E and...

The Nest, Chrysalis House among 12 organizations to receive PCAK grants for parent education programs

Prevent Child Abuse Kentucky (PCAK), the state’s leading child abuse prevention organization has announced a grant awards to The Nest: Center for Women, Children and Families and Chrysalis House to support the delivery of parent education programs in Fayette and surrounding counties. The Nest and Chrysalis House are two of only 12 organizations throughout the state to receive this funding. As...

Jubilee Jobs annual luncheon Nov. 16 to feature first blind active duty officer, Hope Unseen author

In 2005, platoon commander Scotty Smiley was severely injured by a suicide car bomb in Mosul, Iraq. Shrapnel pierced his eyes leaving him permanently blinded and temporarily paralyzed after the explosion. Scotty’s faith was tested when going through his recovery, yet the soldier managed to come out the other side stronger than before and became the first active duty officer in military history. Scotty...

United Health Foundation Awards $1m grant to UK College of Dentistry to reduce oral cancer

A $1 million grant from the United Health Foundation will enable the University of Kentucky’s College of Dentistry (UKCD) to launch its “Eradicate Oral Cancer in Eastern Kentucky” project. The three-year project will raise public awareness of the symptoms of oral cancer and its links to heavy alcohol and tobacco use, provide approximately 1,000 oral cancer screenings at local health departments,...

Kentucky’s organ donation awareness programs capture three national awards in Oregon

Kentucky’s organ donation awareness programs captured three national awards this year at the convention in Portland, Oregon — both the Youth Education and Innovation Creativity Awards from Donate Life America, as well as the Groundbreaker Award from the American Association for Tissue Banks. The awards are in recognition of the creation of an innovative mobile app for school challenges, Bridge2Life...

Lexington Fraternal Order of Firefighters seeking donations for 88th annual holiday toy drive

Lexington’s Fraternal Order of Firefighters (FOF) is asking citizens to help make the holidays brighter for hundreds of Lexington kids by donating to the 88th Annual Toy Drive. Last year’s Toy Drive served more than 2,100 children, and firefighters have set a goal to provide toys to at least as many children this year. Donations from individuals, churches, community and civic groups, and local...

Prichard Committee candidate questionnaire on education issues: Check your legislator’s responses

For the first time, the Prichard Committee for Academic Excellence is offering a candidate questionnaire for the 2018 election on education issues affecting the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Earlier this fall, the questionnaire was sent to all general election candidates for the Kentucky General Assembly. The candidates’ responses to the questionnaire can be viewed on the Committee’s website and will...

Book Benches, works of art celebrating Ky authors, moving from streets of Lex to auction block

The Book Benches that have graced the streets of Lexington will soon be auctioned off at the Book Benches Live Auction and Gala Celebration on November 17 at The Livery. The Book Benches are fabulous works of art and a celebration of Kentucky authors. They are a collaborative project of Arts Connect, LexArts and the Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning. They were modeled after Horse Mania and...

Community Foundation of Louisville selects 15 local artists for 2019 Hadley Creatives Program cohort

Fifteen Louisville-based artists have been selected to participate in Hadley Creatives, a program developed and supported by the Community Foundation of Louisville (CFL). This second cohort is a continuation of CFL’s commitment to cultivate a community of Hadley Creatives through 2023. Through a competitive application process, artists from multiple disciplines who demonstrated a strong creative...

Gift makes happen St. Joseph Hospital improvements to waiting room for Cardio Thoracic Vascular Unit

The Saint Joseph Hospital Foundation has completed renovations to its second-floor waiting room, adjacent to the Cardio Thoracic Vascular Unit, in honor of two patients who had lifesaving surgeries at the hospital and other generous donors. A ribbon-cutting and dedication ceremony will be held on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, at 3:30 p.m. in the Saint Joseph Hospital Lobby to celebrate the renovations...

(Re)Imagining Cheapside Witnessing Circle will honor enslaved African Americans

The lives of enslaved African Americans will be honored during Witnessing Circle, a convening scheduled from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, October 23 at the Farish Theater in the downtown Lexington Public Library, 140 E. Main Street. “This convening will be a cross between sacred performance and public engagement,” said internationally recognized author and placemaker Jay Pitter, who will...

Bluegrass Greensource to host recycling forum Oct. 24 in response to new challenges facing communities

Earlier this year, China stopped taking many of the materials from sorting facilities throughout the U.S. which has caused some communities to greatly reduce what can be accepted for recycling. On Oct. 24 at Henry Clay High School, Bluegrass Greensource with host a recycling forum in response to public concerns about local recycling efforts after multiple national stories about major challenges to...

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicates new home for Nelvi Ponce and her daughters

Lexington Habitat for Humanity dedicated a new home for homebuyer Nelvi Bocanergra Ponce and her two daughters, Nelvi (1 year) and Yatziry (5), on Sunday at 1737 Elverton Road in the Brookfield Chase Subdivision just off of Russell Cave Road. Nelvi has been building her life in Lexington for the last 11 years. After graduating from Paul Lawrence Dunbar High School, Nelvi started working at Amazon...

At Keeneland’s College Scholarship Day two students snag $10k scholarships: Jordan Blain, Alex Johnston

Friday was College Scholarship Day at Keeneland in which full-time college students received free general admission and the chance to win one of ten $1,000 scholarships awarded after each race. In addition, two $10,000 Runhappy Scholarships (one of which was only available to a student with a tie to the horse industry) were awarded. Runhappy Scholarship winners Jordan Blain and Alex Johnston with...

Wreaths Across America aim to put a wreath on all graves at KY’s Camp Nelson National Cemetery

Local volunteers are working hard to ensure that all veterans laid to rest at Camp Nelson National Cemetery in Nicholasville are honored this December on National Wreaths Across America Day. This year, the ceremony, held simultaneously across the country at more than 1,200 locations, will be on Saturday, Dec. 15. Click to go to Camp Nelson’s Facebook page The goal: to place a live, balsam fir...

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul raises $7,000 for Farms To Food Banks

Bourbon County agriculture student Nelson Paul presented the Kentucky Association of Food Banks with a $7,000 donation for the Farms To Food Banks at Monday’s meeting of Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles’ Hunger Task Force at Feeding America – Central Kentucky in Elizabethtown. Paul, a graduate of Bourbon County High School, is studying at Bluegrass Community and Technical College...

Central Ky. Riding for Hope unveils new logo, website as part of community education rebranding efforts

Central Kentucky Riding for Hope has unveiled a new logo and website as part of its rebranding efforts focused on community education of the life-changing results Therapeutic Riding and Horsemanship can produce. Services offered at CKRH have developed in recent years to provide more than the cornerstone program of Therapeutic Riding. A variety of non-mounted programs are also available through the...

Keeneland Association announces $25,000 donation to Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund

Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research on Sunday in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley. Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky. “For more than 80 years,...

Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research, honoring Ann Hanley

The Keeneland Association donated $25,000 to Parkinson’s Disease research in honor of Ann Hanley, wife of WinStar Farm General Manager David Hanley.   Hanley, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s at the age of 49, founded the Ann Hanley Parkinson’s Research Fund in 2016 to underwrite research into an experimental treatment available only at the University of Kentucky.   “For more than 80 years,...

Abandoned Mine Lands grant of $1.1 million marked for historic Stearns downtown revitalization, railway

U.S. Rep. Harold “Hal” Rogers, U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, and Gov. Matt Bevin have announced a $1.1 million Abandoned Mine Lands grant to renovate and revitalize Stearns and construct railroad-related repairs and improvements to the Big South Fork Scenic Railway. The grant was awarded by the Kentucky Energy and Environment Cabinet’s Division of Abandoned Mine Lands to...